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The Intouchables


One of the highest grossing non-English language films of all time, Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s The Intouchables has become a worldwide sensation. Nominated for nine Césars (France’s equivalent to the Academy Awards) and winning the Best Actor prize for its co-lead Omar Sy — beating The Artist’s Jean Dujardin — The Intouchables tells the story of the improbable bond that grows between Philippe (François Cluzet, Little White Lies, Tell No One), a wealthy quadriplegic, and Driss (Sy, Micmacs), a young offender of Senegalese descent who is hired as his live-in caregiver.

Widower Philippe lives with his teenage daughter in a luxurious Paris apartment.
When a paragliding accident leaves him paralyzed from the neck down, Philippe requires a caregiver to assist him with his daily physical needs. With the help of his assistant Magalie (Audrey Fleurot, The Women on the Sixth Floor), he interviews a number of highly qualified candidates, all of whom he subsequently rejects in favour of Driss, a recently released ex-con who has only applied for the job to ensure that he keeps getting welfare payments. Charmed by Driss’ brash self-confidence and sometimes brutal straightforwardness, the jaded Philippe finds
the young man’s lack of pity precisely what he needs in a caregiver. Thus begins an unlikely friendship, one which will change both men's lives in remarkable ways.

Based on a true story and propelled by Sy’s charismatic performance, The Intouchables is a thoroughly enjoyable culture-clash comedy about a friendship that transcends social and economic divides, effortlessly balancing gravity with buoyant, effervescent humour.


Critical Notes

"It has warmth, humor and an understated sweetness that is not to be taken for granted." - Rex Reed, New York Observer

The Intouchables is full of little inspirational moments — the kinds of scenes that remind us how much joy can be found on a screen." —James Berardinelli ,


Film Information

Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Cast::  Fran├žois Cluzet, Omar Sy and Anne Le Ny 
Year: 2011
Runtime: 112 
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Alliance Films
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR



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