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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Based on a true story, but sticking close to the Hollywood archetype, this award-winning French comedy-drama was nominated for a ton of Cesar awards (the French Oscars) and it's not hard to see why.