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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Review: 9 out of 10
About the Author: Katy Kern
Movie reviews that won’t spoil the story with the critique. Movies are my passion and I want to share my opinion on the movies I see to give you more insight on what to see next.