Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Intouchables (2011)

Today's film is The Intouchables.  It is a wonderful film starring François Cluzet as Philippe and Omar Sy as Driss.

Philippe is a very rich aristocrat with a tragic backstory who is hiring a new caretaker.  The impatient Driss rudely cuts in line and asks him to sign a document proving he applied for a job so he can continue to get unemployment benefits.  But Philippe can't sign it; he's quadriplegic   He offers him a one month trial period to get work experience.

Driss surprisingly does show up the next day.  He has a lot to learn as a caretaker.  At first, it's difficult for him as he doesn't care for anyone but himself.  But he gets a lot better.  He shares a joint with Philippe to ease his pain, which causes him to be chatty and reveal his backstory.  After his wife's death from illness, Philippe went paragliding in bad weather, causing him to injure his spine.

Still, they are very different people.  Driss did not enjoy watching a German opera for four hours, and all the classical music reminds him of Looney Tunes.  Instead, he shows off by playing Kool and the Gang and Earth, Wind, and Fire.  He also had no desire driving that ugly handicapped van.  Instead, he chauffeurs Philippe around in his Maserati. 

Even though Driss has the chance to leave and return to cashing in on his benefits, he realizes he was happier with Philippe.  Also, none of the other caretaker candidates were nearly as good as him.  Philippe doesn't want a nurse to pity him.  Driss is not a nurse, he's just a regular guy.  Sometimes he hands the phone, forgetting that he can't grab it.  But, by this time he has done really well as his caretaker.

I really enjoyed this film.  As a true story, even though parts were sad, the overall film was very funny.  It is worth it to see the chemistry between the two stars.  I will give this film an 9/10.


  1. I liked this one quite a bit, too. It just missed making my Top 10 of 2012. I'm wondering if they are going to include it in the next edition of the list. It may have too much sentiment in it for critics.

    So whaddya think - Dustin Hoffman as Phillip in the inevitable American remake?

    1. I believe they will. I really like Dustin Hoffman, but I am afraid the American version will be one giant race joke.

  2. I totally loved this one and funny enough I just saw it two days ago. This one will definitely make it to the list, it has all the qualities required. There will also be a remake I am sure, but a terrible one.
    Did you notice the scene at the very end where we see the real Phillipe and Driss? Great film.

    1. Yes, I did notice, I thought it was sweet if it were a true story!