Movie Review – The Intouchables

WARNING: Spoilers. There are plot giveaways in this review. (But nothing big so stop having a cry and read the damn review!)



IMDB Rating: 8.6/10 (156,777 votes)

Directors: Olivier Nakache, and Eric Toledano

The poster for The Intouchables.

The poster for The Intouchables.

This is a beautiful film.

The Intouchables focuses in on a very wealthy French man, Philippe (François Cluzet), who, after being paralyzed from the neck down in a paragliding accident, hires Driss (Omar Sy), a young man from the rough streets of Paris who’s out on parole, as his carer. The two bond and soon become very close, with them both gaining an almost intimate knowledge of each other’s personalities. This knowledge stems into a lifelong friendship – and makes for a pretty damn good movie.

The thing about this movie is it’s incredibly appropriate sense of humour. When you think about it, a movie centering on an on-parole robber and a man who’s wheelchair-bound, shouldn’t make for light-hearted viewing. But honestly, there weren’t two minutes that went by without a laugh, or at least a hearty chuckle.

A beautifully crafted script is the backbone of this masterpiece. The writing is incredible. Genuine, affectionate and character-appropriate. It shows the character’s true colours and never betrays that principle. Plus, the script is so damn funny. I think I like Driss so much because his sense of humour is so childish, that I relate completely. After all, I am just a child.

Don't tell me this doesn't make you smile.

Don’t tell me this doesn’t make you smile.

The acting is The Intouchables is quite extraordinary.

Omar Sy is absolutely brilliant, and will of course be up for a SAGMA at the start of 2014, barring a freak run of Daniel Day-Lewis-ish performances. His character is set up beautifully in the script, but heck, if the acting’s bad, then the script goes to waste. Well, it was brilliant acting for 110 minutes straight. The guy can dance, there’s no doubt there.

Then you’ve got François Cluzet, who is pretty damn fantastic for a guy who’s limited to a wheelchair. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to play a quadriplegic when you’re not actually quadriplegic yourself, but he did do a great job. The chemistry between Cluzet and Sy was magical.

Add some damn good acting from Anne Le Ny (Yvonne), Audrey Fleurot (Magalie), and even the barely-seen Alba Gaia Kraghede Bellugi (Elisa) – which is incredibly hard to say – and you’ve got a really solid acting performance from the whole team.

The Intouchables explores the idea of unlikely friends – the odd couple – becoming better friends than ever possibly imagined. And it explores that idea very well. It’s more than just a buddy movie; it’s really heart-warming.

Earth, Wind & Fire are known in France? You just blew my mind.

Earth, Wind & Fire are known in France? You just blew my mind.

Dramatic sequences are also in there, don’t get me wrong. When Philippe is explaining his accident, and the unfortunate circumstance his wife had to face, it’s gut-wrenchingly sad, and makes you feel lucky to have what you have.

And despite having nothing in relation to these people or nothing even close to their situation – like me – I felt connected in an majestic and comforting way.

This movie’s budget was €9.5 million. It’s box office gross was in excess of €400 million. I can understand why. In summary, it’s a very good story that’s very well told.

The Intouchables will blow you away. It certainly did for me.

MY RATING: 9 out of 10.

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