Created on Friday, 14 December 2012 00:00
Written by Samantha See
Loosely based on a true story of the unlikely friendship between handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his ex-convict caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables is a heartwarming comedy that would prove great fun and provide much food for thought for all.
The rich man in question Philippe gets injured in a paragliding accident which leaves him wheelchair bound and grumpy. Precisely known to fire all his helpers, Driss who is fresh out of prison applies for the job just so he may be rejected and obtain his unemployment benefits. To his surprise or disappointment, he gets hired for the racial stereotype that "street guys have no pity" – precisely what the prideful man wants.
Overcoming their differences, whether of race or class, the duo strangely gets along. The influences they leave upon each other warms the hearts of audiences. Driss learns to appreciate Vivaldi while Philippe enjoys Earth, Wind & Fire. Driss also goes beyond his role and teaches his annoying, spoilt daughters the manners they should have.
Strictly a feel-good movie, The Intouchables avoid almost all problems, frustrations and stress that would arise from ending up a quadriplegia and even less so of a ex-con. Also, the moral of the story may be very predictable as well as despite the racial jokes, The Intouchables is a really touching, tender film – quite the opposite of its title.You might also like: The Life of Pi