A true story of two men who should never have met - a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
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A joy to watch due to the leading men who are both talented and have a great connection. The character that Omar Sy plays is a bit far fetched. It's a Hollywood spin on the down and out black guy meets terrific opportunity to work for a rich white guy. He is so handsome and fun to watch that it's hard to find fault but the corny and unbelievable scenes that come one after another make it less than a terrific movie. It could have been great if only they hadn't succumbed to typical Hollywood crap of sappy, cliched scenes such as breaking into dance at Philippe's birthday party and having Driss's nephew come to rescus hom from his terrible life of riches and convince him to go back to living in a tenement with no income- really? Somehow I don't think either of these scenes were believable.
But other than a few complaints of silliness such as this it was an entertaining feel-good movie.
This movie is a 10 for me...
Drama, comedy, reality, emotions, laughter, sadness...
ALL in one movie!
Thumbs up for the French!
Saw it in theatre and had to go again the week after!
Wanted to show the movie to everyone and I recommended it to everyone! Eldery people, youngsters etc
This movie is a 10
Without a doubt the finest film of 2012 ( midway through the year). It conquers, surpasses, breaks the barometer of perfection. Based on a true story combining pathos, pain, humor, levity but primarily a portrait of love, acceptance, inclusiveness; it sings and dances joyously to your spirit; rarely do you leave a film feeling enriched, enhanced, a better person because you have been privy, blessed in witnessing the transformative power of friendship; friendship that gloriously transcends race, class, education.
"Philippe", ( iconic French film star, a Dustin Hoffman lookalike, Francois Cluzet, gives an astounding performance) a member of the French aristocracy is paralyzed from the neck down, hires "Driss" (Omar Sy, a French television notable, flawlessly matched with Cluzet) as his caretaker, a charismatic black man of Senegalese origins. Two disparate individuals, learning to cope and learn from each other, nary a vibe of sycophantism, sensationalism, never sacrificing their individuality but expanding the boundaries of their diametrically contrasting worlds.
Directors Eric Toledano and Oliver Nakache gift audiences an unforgettable, genuine, heart-thrilling study of the human condition; as a viewer you bond, love and most pivotally like these men. Philippe, the philistine, poet, reveling in Revel and Berlioz versus Driss, dancing rhythmically with the style of Fred Astaire, dexterity of Michael Jackson to sinuous lyrics by "Earth, Wind and Fire".
This is a marriage, partnership where both parties flourish. Driss transforms Philippe's existence, exposing his frozen body to the lush landscape of France, the curative power of marijuana, strolling the naked avenues of Paris at 4am. Philippe, with unlimited wealth spreads his largess on this boy from the projects; private jets, art world, opera; all synergistic scenes of uproarious humor and unmitigated glee.
"The Intouchables" touches sensitively on the vicissitudes of being completely dependent on another human being; what most of us take for granted eating, bathing, dressing, Philippe, needs, relies on Driss. Brilliantly depicted, without a fraction of bleeding histrionics , these challenges are met without loss of dignity; acceptance, without whining or ruing one's fate.
I truly loved this rousing, exhilarating, harmonious portrayal of incandescent happiness.
Oliver Nakache and Èric Toledano are the directors of “Intouchables”, which is played in Paris and based on a true story. It is a movie about friendship between two guys who are very different. Phillipe (François Cluzet) loved extreme sports, especially paragliding, but since an accident he is disabled and at the beginning of the movie he searches a new live-in carer.
After being six months in jail, Driss (Omar Sy) needs three signatures to prove that he searched for a job to still get his unemployment benefit.
Phillipe takes Driss as his ne w live-in carer and it seems first that this idea was not a good one. Although Driss often forgets that Phillipe is disabled (Driss tilts hot tea on Phillips leg to be sure that he really is) his job is not cancelled. It comes to a friendship between the men because Driss does not care about Phillipe’s handicap and Driss’ criminal past is not important for the widower Phillipe.
Unfortunately, there is no drama in the movie, some irrelevant scenes are played too long and the characters are stereotypes (criminal dark-skinned man and rich white guy). However, the music is chosen greatly, the song “Fly” by Ludovico Einaudi touches every heart and the actors shine in their roles. We are sure that the great view around Paris is another reason why the movie is one of the most successfully produced in France.
Although there are very good scenes and only some things can be criticized, something could be done a little bit better like to cut off some scenes. Nevertheless, “The Intouchables” makes everyone feel good who watches it. To sum up, we recommend it to everyone who likes films with happy endings.