Saturday, June 9, 2012

"Intouchables" - Movie review

 "Intouchables" is a French comedy-drama in
art theaters now. I loved loved loved this movie.
Not since "Departures" a Japanese movie I saw in
2009 have I so liked a movie. I reserve 5*'s for those movies that I think everyone can enjoy. And this is one of those. In fact I have told friends that if they saw it and didn't like it, I would refund their money.

This is a true story of a very wealthy and risk taking Frenchman Philippe (Francois Cluzet) who becomes a quadriplegic after a hang gliding accident. He needs an assistant to be part nurse aid, part 24/ hr. necessary companion who may have
 to complete unpleasant tasks. Driss, (Omar Sy)
a tall strong black man from the projects applies for the job. Not because be wants it, he definitely doesn't but because he has to take a signed form back to the welfare office in order to continue his unemployment.

"Intouchable" is the French word for untouchable.
Indeed each of these characters is an outcast; the
poor man locked in poverty and the rich man locked in his frozen body.  Reluctantly they need
each other.

Many professional movie critics have decried
this move as racist and stereotyped. The New Yorker
even called it an "embarrassment" and "French sentimentality"
This is totally unfair to these two fine actors. And to the Director.
Supporting roles are also fine. And it looks good.
The public, however, both in France and the US have loved it.

So, go see it. You will like it.

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