Uneducated poor person meets over-educated rich person and the meeting and following friendship changes both of their lives. It isn’t a very original premise.
Intouchables makes it into a very entertaining, heartfelt, bitter-sweet, social film.
It’s a joy to watch Omar Sy and his interaction with François Cluzet. The knowledge that the film is based on true life doesn’t make it sappier or drag with scenes that rub ‘This Really Happened’ in your face. There isn’t a scene that feels like it’s in the wrong place or unnecessary and less than five minutes in you can feel this is a very special relationship (while laughing over some inappropriate jokes).
The man that did a little introduction before the film ‘warned’ that everyone would leave with a big smile on their face, and it was true. The little questions that you leave with (for example: why was film-Driss a black man while the real-Driss looked Arabic?) don’t leave spots on the shine of the film. This film deserves the compliments it received.
Intouchables, Quad Productions 2011