WIFF | FILMS

INTOUCHABLES, THE

Review

Director:

Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Genre:

Comedy | Drama

Country:

FRANCE, BELGIUM

Rated:

14A

Year:

2011

Language:

French, English

Runtime:

112 Minutes

Description:

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables is WIFF’s most successful film of all time. When a paragliding accident leaves him paralyzed from the neck down, Philippe requires a caregiver to assist him with his daily physical needs. With the help of his assistant Magalie, he interviews a number of highly qualified candidates, all of whom he subsequently rejects in favour of Driss, a recently released ex-con who has only applied for the job to ensure that he keeps getting welfare payments. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.

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