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THE INTOUCHABLES

France, 2011 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

THE INTOUCHABLES

Anyone can change your life if you let them.

Clashing cultures and classes come to the fore in certain crowd-pleaser The Intouchables, a comedic consideration of contrasts. When wealthy, white quadriplegic Phillippe (François Cluzet, Paris) hires morally dubious Senegalese immigrant Driss (Omar Sy, Micmacs) to care for him, their differences are pronounced, yet a slow but certain friendship soon develops.

In bringing the true story of such a bond to the screen, writer-directors Eric Toledano (Those Happy Days) and Olivier Nakache break down traditional boundaries of status, race, personality and disability. Uplifting and exuberant, it probes uncomfortable clichés while combining well-crafted performances with humour and heart.

After breaking box office records in France and across Europe, this delightful, compassionate film received nine César award nominations, with Sy emerging triumphant in the best actor category over The Artist's Jean Dujardin.

“Sy and Cluzet are superb actors who demolish stereotypes about race and social class by finding a common humanity in their characters.” - Rolling Stone

Rated M

D/S Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache P Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou Dist Village Roadshow Entertainment L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2011


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