(From left to right) François Cluzet and Omar Sy
Based on a true story, The Intouchables is a French comedy-drama about an unlikely friendship between a physical disabled millionaire and his caretaker.
- French title: The Intouchables
- Director: Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano.
- Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey Fleuron
- Language: French
- Genre: Drama, comedy, biography
- Release date: 2 November 2011
- Running Time: 113 minutes
- Box Office: US$426.6 million
Did You Know…
- The Intouchables is inspired by a true story and is adapted from Philippe Pozzo di Borgo’s memoir called Le Second Souffle.
- It was the second biggest box office hit in France in its ninth week after it’s release.
- An English-language and Hindi-language remake of The Intouchables is currently in the works.
- Because the movie had such a huge impact on wheelchair users worldwide, Éric Toledano stated that he received touching letters from them.
… and some Quotes…
- “My true disability is not having to be in a wheel chair. It’s having to be without her” – François Cluzet (Philippe)
- “Don’t give up. Never give up until the fight is over” – Omar Sy (Driss)
- “The pain sometimes goes away, but the thoughts are still here” – François Cluzet (Philippe)
- “It’s not music if you can’t dance to it” – Omar Sy (Driss)
… and lastly, my thoughts…
The Intouchables was a box office hit when it was released in 2012, and surpassed Amelie as the most-seen French-language film outside of France. It was not only a success in France but also around the world that even the directors of the film received thousands of touching letters from wheelchair users worldwide.
This movie is about the friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his caretaker, despite their differences. It’s a buddy comedy-drama film directed by French filmmakers Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano. Buddy comedy basically means two people, same sex, different personality put together in a comedy film. Comedy is known as a popular genre in France.
The difference between American and French comedies is that French films are usually social comedies, such as religion, ethnicity, social background etc…
Phillipe, a physically disabled millionaire, interviews potential candidates for a caregiver job. Out of the nowhere, Driss, a poor African man, barges in the room and hands Phillips documents, asking him to sign it showing that he’s been interviewed in order to receive his welfare benefits. Uninterested in the job and has no experience in caregiving, Driss has been given the role to take care of him for a one month trial basis. Driss accepts it and since then changes Phillips’s boring life into an exciting one. Driss introduces Phillipe to Marijuana, some funky music and much more other interesting things.
The Intouchables is a feel-good movie about overcoming adversity and enjoying life while it lasts. It’s funny and at times corny but it does have its serious moments.
I found this film related to 2016 British-American romantic drama movie, Me before you, which has the same plot – a caretaker looking after a disabled person.
The Intouchables’s theme may be covered many times around the world, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give this movie a go!
Note: All above images are screenshots of the original movie.