Intouchables (2011)

Posted: December 24, 2012 in Reviews
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Actors: François CluzetOmar Sy

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano


‘Intouchables’ tells the story about the friendship between two men, (Driss and Philippe) who come from completely opposite sides of society. Philippe is a rich aristocrat. He lives in a luxurious Parisian mansion and became quadriplegic after a para-gliding accident. He is looking to hire a new care-taker. Driss is a young, Senegalese offender, regularly in touch with the law, who lives in the rough outskirts of Paris. Driss, completely uninterested but forced by social services, turns up for the job interview at Philippe’s mansion. To his own surprise he is hired.

Philippe seems amused by Driss’ straight-forwardness. He does not treat him as a helpless quadriplegic and pulls practical jokes with Philippe’s handicap. The collision of their opposite worlds and behavior, and Driss’ complete inexperience when it comes to the care-taking part of his job, leads to some hilarious scenes.  The build-up of their friendship in the story is heartwarming and becomes  deeper when both men need to deal with the problems of their owns worlds. Philippe is unable to have any real relationships since the death of his wive and his accident. Driss, though he now lives in Philippe’s mansion in uptown Paris, can not escape the reality of his origin and has to deal with his family-issues.

‘Intouchables’ is based on a true story, which makes it stand out even more  in its kind. It is probably the funniest french movie I ever saw but nevertheless very moving at times.

  1. jovana says:

    well done

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