Saturday, 3 November 2012

The Intouchables (2012)

The Intouchables,2012,France
Directors: Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
Stars: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy & Audrey Fleurot
Philippe: Tell me Driss, why do you think people are interested in art?
Driss: I don't know, it's a business?
Philippe: No. That's because it's the only thing one leaves behind

'The Intouchables' is widely acclaimed French film that has delighted and inspired film goers all over the world. The film has really struck a chord with audiences and has an 8.6 rating on IMDB and sits at 69th place on its top 250, despite that though the film hasn't faired as well with critics, only receiving a 57/100 on Metascore which is strange considering its high amount of praise. I had been really anticipating the film but wasn't sure which way would fall for me after seeing the mixed reactions, fortunately for me, the film was a wonderful experience.

François Cluzet stars as Philippe, an aristocrat who has become a quadriplegic due to a paragliding incident. Philippe has hard time finding a permanent caretaker due to it being a strenuous job, that is until he finds a young man named Driss, whom has had rough life. Driss becomes Philippe caretaker and strike up a great friendship that will eventually change both men's lives.

Upon entering this film, I was absolutely expecting a dramatic tearjerker, but that is not what 'The Intouchables' is, to my surprise and delight the film is absolutely hilarious. It was so pleasant to see a film take a different approach to movies about debilitating illnesses. This film could have thrown audiences threw a whirlwind of premeditated emotions and cliched situations but it did the opposite, The film stayed almost fully positive through its entire running time, It focuses on hope rather than despair. Living in such a cruel and mostly miserable time, its great to still see a film that can bring hope out of despair. These attributes alone, set 'The Intouchables' above most of the drama and comedic released recently, its really a beautifully written film.

The film is fueled by two incredible lead performances. Cluzet as Philippe is fantastic and gives such a realistic and strong performance. Omar Sy is absolutely terrific as Driss, he is so hilarious and so fun, easily supportable and immensely likeable.

'The Intouchables' has earned its reputation as one of the years best films. The film is very well Written and Directed by filmmakers Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, and boast two of the years very best performances by Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy. In my view, take the audience opinions over the critics and see this film, you wont regret it.


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