The Intouchables

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Affluent paraplegic Philippe François Cluzet develops an unexpectedly close bond with his gruff aide, Driss Omar Sy, in this affecting comedy drama inspired by a true story.
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Overview

Affluent paraplegic Philippe François Cluzet develops an unexpectedly close bond with his gruff aide, Driss Omar Sy, in this affecting comedy drama inspired by a true story.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Feel-good movies tend to be written off as fluff by cynical film critics, but that's not to say that just because a picture is uplifting means that it's devoid of substance. The second-highest-grossing film in French history, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's The Intouchables examines the unlikely friendship that forms between an affluent paraplegic and his gruff caretaker, a convicted criminal with few prospects and a grim future. Occasionally sentimental yet far from maudlin, it succeeds because both of the characters are fully realized and the lead actors share a playful rapport that convincingly transcends class and culture. Inspired by a true story, The Intouchables opens to find Driss Omar Sy returning to his family's cramped apartment following a mysterious six-month absence. Kicked out onto the streets by his overburdened mother, the resilient young man applies for a job helping paralyzed aristocrat Philippe François Cluzet. Convinced that he would never actually qualify for the job, he does it not out of ambition, but instead a desire to get the signature needed to secure his government benefits. But when a casual conversation between the two men leads to a playful exchange about music, Philippe tricks Driss into returning the following morning and hires him on the spot. While they have precious little in common on the surface, the more time Philippe and Driss spend together, the stronger their bond grows. For Philippe, it means finding the courage to let go of his late wife and build up the confidence to start dating again; for Driss, it means doing right by his mother and preventing his younger brother from straying down the wrong path. While The Intouchables doesn't exactly reveal anything new in detailing the odd-couple friendship that forms between Philippe and Driss, it does offer one thing that many films of its ilk do not: a sense of authenticity. Of course, this might be because this story really happened in a coda we see footage of the real Philippe and Driss soaking in some breathtaking scenery together, but nevertheless, there exists a certain ethereal bridge between Nakache and Toledano's easygoing screenplay and the naturalistic performances of the two leads that prevents the film from feeling overly trite or emotionally manipulative. Sometimes in life the most meaningful relationships can blossom under the most unlikely circumstances, and if we're lucky like Philippe and Driss, we'll be open to the experience. At a time when some of the finest working filmmakers seem to be stuck in the dark see Christopher Nolan's brooding Batman franchise or David Fincher's jet-black The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it's refreshing to see a movie that doesn't equate lightness with mindlessness, and one that also confronts some of life's harsh realities with a sense of levity and hopefulness instead of clichéd millennial fatalism. As a result, it's easy to see why French filmgoers flocked to The Intouchables; few movies manage to show how the radiance of the human spirit can dispel the shadows of the human condition with such knowing nuance, and while it may feel a bit conventional, perhaps that familiarity offers a certain kind of celluloid nourishment that cynicism simply cannot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • UPC: 043396413771
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,794

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
François Cluzet Philippe
Omar Sy Driss
Anne Le Ny Yvonne
Audrey Fleurot Magalie
Clotilde Mollet Marcelle
Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi Elisa
Cyril Mendy Adama
Christian Ameri Albert
Marie-Laure Descoureaux Chantal
Gregoire Oestermann Antoine
Josephine de Meaux La D.R.H. de la société
Dominique Daguier Philippe's Friend
François Caron Philippe's Friend
Thomas Soliveres Bastien, dit le plumeau
Dorothée Brière Eléonore
Emilie Caen La Galeriste
Sylvain Lazard New Auxillary
Jean-François Cayrey New Auxillary
Ian Fenelon Candidate
Renaud Barse Candidate
Francois Bureloup Candidate
Michel Winogradoff Waiter at Deux Magots
Nicky Marbot Policeman
Benjamin Baroche Policeman
Jerome Pauwels Neighbor in Car
Antoine Laurent Neighbor in Car
Hedi Bouchenafa The Mechanic
Caroline Bourg Frédérique
Kevin Wamo Driss's Friend
Technical Credits
Olivier Nakache Director, Screenwriter
Eric Toledano Director, Screenwriter
Pascal Armant Sound/Sound Designer
Stephane Batut Casting
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky Producer
Francois Emmanuelli Production Designer
Jean-Paul Hurier Sound Mixer
Ludovico Einaudi Score Composer
Isabelle Pannetier Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorian Rigal-Ansous Editor
Laurent Sivot Production Manager
Matthieu Vadepied Cinematographer
Laurent Zeitoun Producer
Yann Zenou Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    This was a terrific movie. Funny, warm and it ends well. One wor

    This was a terrific movie. Funny, warm and it ends well. One word of warning is that the movie "Intouchables" is SUBTITLED.

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