Amidst the current onslaught of all the 3-D, sc-fi action hero movies are some titles for moviegoers who do not spend most of their free time on PlayStation. One recent release was “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and the newest is “The Intouchables,” a film from France.
Based on a true story, “The Intouchables” is about a wealthy business man in Paris (played by Francois Cluset, who resembles Dustin Hoffman) who is a quadriplegic because of an accident he had paragliding.
During a lengthy recruiting process to find a personal care-giver for the injured man, the character of Driss (played by Omar Sy) shows up, although he really only wants is proof he’s looking for a job so he can keep getting unemployment benefits. Driss is man with a petty police record and a troubled past. He’s a free spirit who has lived on the streets and avoided all responsibilities to his family.
Although seemingly unlikely to be the right person for the job, Driss is chosen and what happens next is a story of friendship, adaptation, change and a definite lack of gratuitous sympathy. “The Intouchables” is a story of two men who have both suffered life-threatening injuries, but in different ways. The coming together of the unlikely pair is thought-provoking, humorous, legitimate and reaffirming.
Stay through the final credits of “The Intouchables” and you will see a picture of the real two men this film is based on. It’s worth the small wait and gives “The Intouchables” an additional sense of influence, not that it really needs it at that point. And don’t be surprised if this film is remade in about 3 to 5 years by an American studio.