Genre: Comedy Drama
Director: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Duration: 113 min.
The true story of a wealthy, physically disabled risk taker, the picture of established French nobility, whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored, black Muslim ex-con as his caretaker.
The Intouchables is a film written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It premiered at the 2011 San Sebastian International Film Festival, and later became a huge box office success in France. It was nominated nine times at the 37th César Awards, where Omar Sy notably won the Best Actor award against Jean Dujardin.
It's an entertaining and somewhat heartwarming but largely stereotypical and formulaic comedy drama that pits the disabled and ridiculously wealthy aristocrat Phillipe (François Cluzet) together with an ex-con from the projects Driss (Omar Sy), who is hired on a whim to be Phillipe's caretaker. In spite of their massive cultural differences, the two develop the most unlikeliest of friendships.
No it isn't the most inventive scenario, and the non-stop gag filled screenplay is designed to elicit one cheap laugh after another, but there is remarkable chemistry from the leads which makes this surprisingly quite enjoyable. The pair really do play off each other well, Cluzet has plenty of hilarious lines, and Sy completely steals the show with his high energy antics. I'm not sure if I would vote for Sy for best actor, this isn't exactly a challenging or complex role, but he does posses an undeniable charisma that envelops the screen, and is definitely a lot of fun to watch.
Bottom line, The Intouchables is a solid and simple feel-good French comedy with strong performances and plenty of mass appeal. By now, you all know what that means.
— Bonjour Tristesse