The Intouchables Movie: A Review

The Intouchables, A French Movie with English Subtitles.

Thereā€™s a rumor that Americans absolutely hate subtitles. I do not know how far true this is but it couldĀ go a long way in explaining why THE INTOUCHABLES has not received as much acclaim as it should onĀ the American scene. (Speaking strictly for myself of course)

I loved this movie about a strong friendship (bromance if you may) between an unlikely duo, a richĀ quadriplegic Philippe and his ex-con live in caretaker Driss. I shed tears shamelessly throughout theĀ entire movie. Driss who is obviously set in his ways at the start of the movie is unaccustomed to theĀ elegance and grandeur of the rich aristocrats in Paris ā€“ his character is so natural and un-phased by allĀ this wealth and his commentary is hilarious. One cannot help but feel sorry for Philippe who finds solaceĀ in their differences. They develop a strong friendship none the less that in turn changes each otherā€™sĀ preconceptions on love, life but most of all each other.

If you are the kind of person that does a bit of online research on the movies you might be interestedĀ in seeing, youā€™ll learn, like I did, that the movie was actually inspired by real life happenings in the livesĀ of Phillipe Pozzo Di Bongo and his caretaker Abdel Sellou. And if you are a reader youā€™ll be happy toĀ know that these wonderful men have memoirs about their lives. On which the movie was based.

Real life Philippe and his good friend and former caretaker Abdel.
Real life Philippe and his good friend and former caretaker Abdel.

Trying not to ruin the movie for you guys, I assure you itā€™s a beautiful, funny, hearty movie. Drissā€™sĀ transformation from a shameless nothing to lose attitude to this compassionate character at the endĀ warms my heart and Philippe, gosh all you need to do is look at his handsome face I must say and knowĀ that he is all the more happier for having met Driss.

The actors did a remarkable job and OH MY GOD, have I mentioned Drissiā€™s dance moves? and his HUGEĀ smile? He reminds me of a boy I knew once, a certain A . . . ugh! Thatā€™s a tale for another time.

Watch the movie, let us know how you found it.

(ED: We shall leave Anita dearest to go and shed some more tears)

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Written by Anita Barigye (0)

Anita likes good music and a has peculiar taste in her books and movies. She also writes poetry and is thrilled to have an audience in you dear readers enjoy :)

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