Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Review - The Intouchables

Why is it that the French make such good movies? Even if you're not a huge fan of subtitled movies, you must admit the French have a certain knack for cinema.

Luke and I recently watched the French film Intouchables. It was such a wonderful heartfelt movie that I really can't recommend it enough.

Essentially the storyline goes a little bit like this:

Philippe is a millionaire living in Paris: intellectual, aristocratic, the creme-de-la-creme of society as it were. He also happens to be a quadriplegic in need of a personal caregiver. He is interviewing applicants when along comes Driss, an African with an attitude who is only there to get a signature to prove he has been to job interviews so he can get his unemployment benefit.

Philippe, for whatever reason, decides to give Driss a chance and offers him a one-week trial. At the end of this period he can decide whether or not he wants to continue. Driss accepts, and a very unlikely friendship ensues. The mansion where Philippe lives is turned upside down and it is clear that their lives will never be the same again for having known each other.

 9 weeks after its release, it became the second-most successful French film ever.

This movie was the official entry of France to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013.

It is official: Germans have better taste in movies than Kiwis. This movie was the most successful film in Germany in 2012, with 8.8 million moviegoers. In New Zealand the most successful movie was Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Shame on you Kiwis!

As always, the trailer is below:

Until next time :)

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