Friday, October 09, 2015

Friday night Flicks: The Intouchables or Intouchables in Francais

This inspirational film, written and directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, I discovered courtesy of my brother, who gave it to me our my birthday a couple of years ago. Touted as one of "the most joyous and memorable film experiences of the year," it is based on a true story. It was released in 2011 and, unless you are one of those who hates reading subtitles, it is well worth the one hour and 52 minutes of your time.

The story centres of a man named Driss, who is from the projects and just out of prison. To qualify for the French version of employment insurance, Driss goes to a job interview in an ornate mansion in Paris, France. There he meets Philippe, who is rather eccentric, and is confined to a wheelchair. Actually "confined" is hardly accurate, as someone who paraglides over the Alps, speeds luxury cars through the Parisian streets, and manages to seduce women while unable to even get out of bed on his own, can hardly be put in that category of "disabled."

Eventually Driss and Philippe come to an understanding and develop an unlikely friendship. Against the odds, they form an unbreakable bond and learn about themselves and each other. It is heartwarming to watch, and makes you love humanity again, if you have had a hard day at work and you need to relax and watch a charming, delightful film. I highly recommend you do so!

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