I still can’t believe why Intouchables was not nominated for Oscar this year for the best foreign language movie. One of the reasons this movie didn’t make it to Oscar is the racism in it which is ridiculous because the reality in French banlieues (suburbs) is tougher. There live third generations of low educated migrants from former French colonies with high unemployment and other social problems.
Now back to the movie. This is one of beautiful movies I have seen in 2012. Starting from March 2012 Intouchables has become a hit in The Netherlands. I actually saw it 4 times. The last time was with the whole family Riva during Christmas. My husband, daughter and I love this.
Intouchables is about unconditional friendship. Based on the autobiography Le second souffle from Philippe Pozzo di Borgo this story tells a friendship between a rich, aristocratic Philippe and the raw, enfant du banlieue Driss. Philippe is a widower and paraplegic suffered from an accident during paragliding. Driss is an unemployed man from the suburbs. To be able to get state financial support Driss has to apply for a job. Philippe looks for a strong caretaker with no pity for him. So he hires Driss.
Despite their indifference they build a bond. Philippe teaches Driss to appreciate art, classical music and learns the etiquette. In his turn Driss shows Philippe how to have fun and to listen to his heart. The story has a happy ending in the movie and the real life.
What I think
In the real life Driss is not black but a Moroccan called Abdel Sellou. Perhaps the makers dramatize this on purpose I don’t know. Funny and touching scenes shot in amazing locations (impressive 18th century mansion in Paris and idyllic country side) accompanied by excellent soundtrack makes this a must see. The opening scene is brilliant! If I might advise you, watch this in French before Hollywood decides to do a remake.