Movie Review: The Intouchables

Courtesy of Weinstein Co.

Courtesy of Weinstein Co.

Question: Can you positively alter someone’s life by just being their friend? Do you think people possess the ability to change your life for the better even if you have given up on finding happiness?

Really think about it. People come in and out of our lives so much it is sometimes hard to focus on the few that help guide us onto a better path. We all have a tendency to dwell on the negatives: lost love, disappointments, failures, etc…and these details cloud our judgment or force us to distance ourselves from letting anyone get close again. But once in a great while someone appears in your life and pushes you out of your stubbornness. Well, I watched a wonderful French film, which was just released here in the US, about this very subject: The Intouchables

This film revealed more than just two people who find a friendship. The core is about a relationship where both characters purposely distance others from knowing the real them because they don’t think they were worthy until their symbiotic relationship helped opened their eyes and hearts. And what occurred next was magic. It was a truly remarkable film that both inspired and made me grateful for certain friendships I have in my life.

The Intouchables is not a love story, well, not the typical kind anyway. It is a story about two men who find a friendship based on loyalty and honesty.  François Cluzet plays a very wealthy man, Philippe, who became a quadriplegic due to a paragliding accident and needs a caretaker. All the applicants either only last a week or are never hired until a man from the other side of the tracks cuts in line to get the interview over and done with. Driss, played by Omar Sy, has no desire to really work. Recently released from prison, Driss is required to prove he has applied for work but turned down in order to receive welfare benefits.

An unlikely candidate to be his caretaker, Driss is hired by Philippe because he possesses one quality that Philippe desperately wants. Driss takes the job to prove a point first to Philippe but then to himself.  What is it that they both need or want? Well, I am not going to tell you. This film is simply wonderful and I want everyone to find out for themselves. The Intouchables is a film that warms the heart, makes you laugh and might even make you a bit misty-eyed.

I have not enjoyed a movie about friendship this much in a long time. The Intouchables displayed the miraculous happenings that occur when two people are meant to be in each other’s lives. Friendships are many things to different pairs: companionship, loyalty, affection, or commonality.  For the most part, however, it should be about lifting the other up and making sure they get what they need and deserve out of life – Happiness. It’s that pure and simple.

Philippe’s and Driss’ friendship, based on a true story, was beautifully portrayed in this film. The acting by both men was flawless and the story was truly inspirational. And despite having to read subtitles, I kept up with the story very easily. The message of the film translates to any language: Real, true friendship is rare, and you should keep it when you find it.

Based on the memoir “You Changed My Life” by Abdel Sellou.

My favorite thing: I really enjoyed the music scene. I smiled and giggled.

My least favorite thing: The relationship with the daughter was a little under developed.

Rating: R

Length: 112

Directed (and written ) by Olivier Nakache and Eric ToledanoQuad Productions, The Weinstein Company,  2011

Starring: François CluzetOmar SyAnne Le NyAudrey Fleurot,and  Clotilde Mollet.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Review: 9 out of 10

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Movie Review: The Intouchables , 9.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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  • Wow! Looks like one I have to see. Without you, I would have probably never heard of it. Thanks!

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    • You’re welcome Janene. It’s my pleasure to talk about films like this -- especially ones that are so wonderful and inspiration like this one. 🙂

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  • I’m with yu Janene, this sounds good.

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  • Thanks, Dean. It was great! A movie to lift the spirits. 🙂

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  • Ohhh this one is bumped up in my list now 🙂

    Excellent review Katy!!

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    • So surprised you hadn’t seen it yet. I heard it was a huge success in France last winter. But maybe it was only released there. I hope you get to see this one soon, TJ. I know you will love it 😉

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      • Aah like Garry said, I haven’t seen advertisement for this one here. How rude!! I’ll keep an eye out for this one ^_^

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  • This sounds like a great film, will definitely get to it at some point although not seen it advertised here at all. Another French film with sort of the same theme but more of a comedy is My Best Friend, one of my favourite films. Can’t find the trailer to put here though.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0778784/

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    • Again, I am surprised to hear it wasn’t shown or promoted more in Europe. But as I mentioned to TJ, maybe it was only released in France. Hope it is released there soon. It really was an incredible film.

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