Review of The Intouchables
A review of the most successful French film of all time
Review of The Intouchables
Should you see it? Yes
We watch this beautiful sports car driving insanely through the streets of Paris. The man behind the wheel looks unafraid of the consequences as he constantly looks over at his passenger. There is a sense that something bad is about to happen. Chased now by the cops, this driver tries to lose them. He finally gets surrounded and is forced to stop. As he is pulled from the vehicle, he tells them that the man in the passengers seat is dying. He ultimately gets the cops to escort them to the hospital close by. Once there, the cops leave. These two men just pulled off the trick of the year. They are just out for a joy ride. The passenger is however, somewhat sick. He is paralyzed from the neck down and the man driving is his caretaker.
The Intouchables is about the odd and wonderful relationship of these two men, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) and Driss (Omar Sy). The audience is taken back in time to see how these two men met. Philippe is interviewing candidates for new caretaker. A young impatient man barges into the interview room and wants his paperwork signed so he can collect unemployment benefits. He does not want the job nor is he qualified. Philippe was intrigued by this and gives him the job. Driss is rude and bossy yet likable and charismatic. They immediately have a connection with each other. Driss is basically homeless and accepts the job in order to have a place to live. As the film progresses we learn more about both men. Philippe is insanely rich and Driss come from a messed up home. For a long time you wonder what happened to Philippe that made him an invalid and why is he constantly changing caretakers. Both of these men care for each other and they need each other.
When I saw during the credits that this film was directed by two different people I had mixed feelings. Sometimes that can be the kiss of death, too many chefs in the kitchen. This was not the case, it is a fantastic movie. Based loosely, on a true story, this movie is simple. Just a life of order meeting a life of chaos. It was a great choice of music by picking Earth Wind and Fire and Ludovico Einaudi. The music by Ludovico Einaudi written in 2004 and 2006, is beautiful and perfect for this film. It is subtle and soft, like a warm blanket when you’re cold. Omar Sy is a star. He is the next Idris Elba or Djimon Hounsou. This movie was so much fun to watch. As it was rolling on, I was thinking to myself “I don't want to fun to end.” I fell in love with this movie. I was even thinking about it the next morning. The Intouchables is the best movie of the year, so far. If it is playing near you, go see it. If not find somewhere to go.
“I'm not emptying the ass”