Conclusion: In The Intouchables , it's what's on the inside that counts. It's a genuinely touching and heartfelt film because it's so joyful and simple. This isn't hard, life-lesson cinema but rather a pleasant, inward look at how living isn't just about outward abilities. It's also about deep bonds and experiencing even the little pleasures life has to offer, of escaping a routine and learning that there's more to living than just the mere act of getting by or remaining immobile...
Excerpt: When quadriplegic millionaire Philippe (François Cluzet) needs a new caregiver to help him with his day-to-day life, he's immediately charmed by the inexperienced Driss (Omar Sy), a carefree pot-smoking former con whose attitude seems to go against what most of Philippe's staff think he needs. Over the next month, the two of them bond as Driss teaches Philippe how to have fun and enjoy life again.
Excerpt: Last year, a French film arrived on the shores of the U.S. and flew under the radar of many a movie-goer. Granted, this happens quite often with foreign films here in the States when Hollywood has a stranglehold on the film industry. Still, that’s not to say a film made abroad cannot compete with the domestic fare. Quite the contrary, as creativity is obviously not limited to borders. That’s where The Intouchables enters the scene.
Conclusion: 'The Intouchables' is an amazing movie, one that deserves to be watched over and over again. While it's not the most original film you'll see all year, it definitely stands tall on the strength of its story. The audio and video presentations are top notch, however the extras are very lacking. It would have been nice to have more in that department. But don't let that stop you from picking this gem up. Highly recommend.
Conclusion: Feel-good comedies as good as The Intouchables are hard to come by. Funny, life-affirming, and just artful enough, this French production is sure to brighten the hopefully soon day on which you choose to see it. Sony's Blu-ray is a lightweight affair, but the feature presentation and the film both delight enough to warrant a look.
Excerpt: The Film Based on a true story, The French foreign language film The Intouchables , tells a moving tale about the bond that develops between a wealthy French quadriplegic man and his aide. Philippe, an aristocrat badly injured in an accident, needs a caretaker. Out of a line-up of over-educated (for the job) candidates, Philippe chooses instead to hire a man from the projects (Driss).
Excerpt: Detractors of, say, Wong Kar-wai sometimes theorize that his movies’ swooning, romantic dialogue only plays well to Western audiences because it’s delivered via subtitles; if not for the diluting effect of onscreen text, we might choke on its sweetness. The same goes for The Intouchables , a thick tranche of honey-glazed ham in which an unemployed African immigrant (Omar Sy) plays caretaker to a cantankerous French quadriplegic (François Cluzet).