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The Intouchables

French film about the friendship between a man in a wheelchair and the man who takes care of him

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"The touch of your hand, makes me understand." Song lyrics

  • Sep 6, 2012
Written and directed by  Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano
Starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy

This beautiful movie had the audience standing to cheer at the end of the story.

A quadriplegic millionaire, Philippe,  and his secretary are interviewing applicants for the position of companion and care giver. Most of the applicants are run of the mill and treat the idea of helping the man as a form of penance or paid charity.

Omar Sy, Driss,  cuts the line and walks in to the interview, mainly to have a form signed that he applied for the job so he could get government benefits. There is an immediate give and take between him and the paralyzed man.  The next day, when he returns for his document, he learns that he's got the job but the paralyzed man bets him that he won't last more than a couple of weeks.

Of all the applicants, it is Driss  who treats Philippe  as a man and not an object of pity. Their relationship builds as Philippe tries to teach Driss about classical music and art.  Driss tries to teach Philippe about music with a beat and not to spend his money foolishly on the art he seems to like. In one of the memorable scenes, Philippe and Driss are staring at a work of abstract art and Philippe decides to buy it, Driss tells him that it looks like nosebleed on canvas.

It was certainly uplifting to see how Driss, an ex-con from the ghetto and the millionaire, Philippe each grow because of their relationship.

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September 13, 2012
I agree with Bill.
September 07, 2012
sounds real good. I think this may be worth a look for me! Thanks for sharing, Mike!
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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Release Date: 2 November 2011
Runtime: 1 hr 52 minutes.

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