Saturday, August 11, 2012
French film about a wealthy quadriplegic (Philippe) who hires a young ex-con from the projects (Driss) to be his live-in caretaker. Supposedly based on a true story, the men become close friends. Philippe learns to enjoy life and love a bit more, and Driss matures and expands his cultural horizons.
I found The Intouchables very enjoyable to watch. There was lots of irreverent humor, and I found it a joy to watch the friendship grow between Philippe and Driss. I also loved the character of Driss and found him quite charming. However, there was a subplot involving Driss's troubled family life, and I found this aspect of the film lacking. It felt like the issues were never fully explained, so I didn't really care about it. Also, I wanted to know how Philippe managed to stay so wealthy, what with not being able to work, yet requiring round-the-clock care from several live-in aides. Not that it really mattered, but I was curious.
So - not perfect, but very enjoyable to watch nonetheless. 7.5 out of 10.