The Intouchables

23 Aug

Every time I type the word intouchables, my iPad tries to correct me. Spell-check OCD. So here I was sitting in the theatre wondering what I was doing at the press screening of the French film ‘The Intouchables‘. Never having heard of it, one glimpse at the trailer had me convinced that irrespective of my initial hesitation, this was going to be fun even with the subtitles. To my surprise, it was dubbed in English. Hurray to that!

Based on a true story, the film is about Philippe (François Cluzet), paralysed by a paragliding accident and his unconventional, unqualified, newly acquired caretaker Driss (Omar Sy), a street thug trying to live off governmental benefits. Being tired of a life of pity, Philippe finds happiness in Driss’s rogue behavior. They both help each other find peace from their past, permitting them to face an uncertain future filled with new opportunities.

François Cluzet as Philippe & Omar Sy as Driss

‘The Intouchables’ is a heartwarming story that makes you laugh at every turn even though it’s handling a sensitive topic. The onscreen chemistry shared by the two protagonists is delightful. It reminds you of the basic needs of life (love and understanding) through their honest friendship while delving into their complexities with authenticity.

Omar Sy’s comic-timing will have you in stitches as you fall in love with his character’s dependence and morality. There isn’t a dull moment with him on the screen. Cluzet fits in perfectly as Phillipe makes you feel his helplessness and to an extent his futility as a handicap who longs to be treated as an equal. Support in the form of Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollety, Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi and a few others is subtle but interwoven beautifully into the story.

Anne Le Ny as Yvonne with François Cluzet & Omar Sy

Director/writer Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano have shown how small, almost innocent things can lead to life-changing events. From shaving to a crazy drive through the city, you connect to everything you see on the screen without the feeling any pity. Music by Ludovico Einaudi adds beautifully to the mood while Dorian Rigal-Ansous’s editing paces the film flawlessly based on the emotional curve of the characters.

Inspiring! Makes you look forward to life with a little more hope.

9/10

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