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Intouchables

  • 2011
  • R
  • 112min
  • 74%
  • 8.5 / 10

Philippe has his assistant review candidates for his live-in caregiver. Driss applies in the hopes of rejection to continue living on welfare. The uninterested Driss ends up caring for the wealthy Philippe. They develop a bond where Driss accompanies and assists his patient in every aspect. The two characters are worlds apart. Philippe is a French aristocrat. Driss is a Muslim ex-convict. Their friendship paints a relationship idealists aspire. A coming together of two diverse characters.

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The plot comes from the real lives of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. Their story inspired the documentary film, À la vie, à la mort. Translated, the French expression reads, 'To the life, to the death'. Philippe di Borgo is a rich businessman who became a paralytic after a paragliding accident. It was through seeing the documentary that inspired the filmmakers, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. The Intouchables was also a landmark film for Omar Sy, who played Driss. He was able to win the Cesar Award for Best Actor. Sy beat out Jean Dujardin, of The Artist fame. He was also the first French African actor to receive the award.

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The Intouchables relates the relationship of a paralytic and his caregiver. A story of a quadriplegic and a French-Algerian caregiver, the movie is buddy comedy-drama. After three months, it was the second biggest French box office hit. In its critical reception, the film garnered a Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix. The Intouchables has a Best Foreign Language Oscar nomination for the 85th Academy Awards.