Intouchables is one of the best films this year that no one will see!
It’s a fact that the majority of the public won’t see foreign films because of the subtitles. I have friends that I have loaned DVDs to (Let the Right One In, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) only to have them returned and told to me that they were awful. Then as soon as the Americanized version comes out, those same people tell me they love the film…..THEY ARE THE SAME MOVIE! The only difference there is no subtitles. So I am watching the new French film, ”Intouchables” from directors Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano (Tellement Prochese 2009) thinking “This is one of the best films of 2012 that no one will see!”
“Intouchables” is the tale of Philippe (François Cluzet), a rich aristocrat in Paris that is in need of a live in male nurse after a paragliding accident leaves him a quadriplegic. While conducting interviews with his secretary Magalie (Audrey Fleurot), a man barges in demanding a signature. Driss (Omar Sy), not looking to land the position, just wants his form signed that he applied so that he can get his assistance (unemployment). Philippe begins to question Driss about what he likes and if he cares for art and music. Driss follows by giving his references as Earth, Wind & Fire. Philippe tells Driss that he will have to return to pick up the form because he can’t sign it, he is a quadriplegic.
Driss, who has recently been released from prison after serving 6 months for petty theft, needs the form to show he is looking for work so his parole is not revoked. Driss goes to see his mom, only to get chastised and eventually thrown out. Driss tries to make a gesture by giving his mom a stolen Faberge’ egg he picked up leaving Philippe’s estate, only to be told never return. So after spending the night on the street, Driss returns to Philippe’s to pick up his form. He is greeted by Yvonne (Anne Le Ny) and given a tour of the house. Driss tries to explain that he doesn’t want the job, but all his complaints fall on deaf ears until he see the room that he will live in while working for Philippe. Driss is used to small confining spaces at his moms with 5 other kids or the cell he spent the last six months in, so when he sees an elegant spacious room with a private bath just for him he reconsiders his opinion on the job.
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