Untouchable (Intouchables)

Untouchable (Intouchables)
  • 2011
  • France
  • 1h 52min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano
  • Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
  • Language: French
  • UK release: 21 September 2012

When paralysed aristocrat Philippe (Cluzet) needs an assistant, he hires impoverished drifter Driss (Sy) who only turned up to the interview to authorise his benefit. Life lessons ensue. Despite some predictable plotting, Nakache and Toledano's movie (already a colossal hit) is genuinely funny and moving, thanks to deft performances from Sy and Cluzet.

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An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, Untouchable depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. It handles its potentially pricklysubject matter with kid gloves, thanks to its strong cast and sensitivedirection.

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6 Sep 20123 stars

French box office hit about an unlikely relationship between a man and his carer

A colossal hit in its native France, this story, inspired by real events, looks on paper to be the kind of tactless three-hanky issue movie that Hollywood never misses an opportunity to churn out. Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a filthy-rich aristocrat…

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