An Unlikely Friendship Between Olivier Nakache And Eric Toledano 's 2011 Film ' Les Intouchables '
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Mobility, as a theme, is central to the plot of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s 2011 film ‘Les Intouchables’. Although from different backgrounds, the two central characters are both, in their own way, immobile. Driss, played by Omar Sy, suffers social immobility. Living in the banlieues of Paris (an impoverished and often ignored area, the name for which has become ‘pejorative, meaning slums dominated by immigrants’), he has many social barriers which he must transcend. The immobility of the aristocratic, quadriplegic and millionaire Phillipe, who lives in a large expensive house in a wealthy part of Paris, is not social but physical. Phillipe, portrayed by François Cluzet, has to live his life in a wheelchair due to a paragliding accident which left him paralysed many years ago. The ‘tale of an unlikely friendship between two men from opposite milieu’ which follows creates an interesting film in which numerous boundaries, both social and physical, are seen to be transcended. This essay will discuss how the theme of mobility is represented by directors Nakache and Toledano in ‘Les Intouchables’, including a particular focus on the techniques used to highlight this theme throughout.
This can be seen, firstly, in the deliberate selection of the actors used to portray Driss and Phillipe in order to highlight the theme of mobility in the film. Omar Sy, an actor of Senegalese descent, was chosen to play the part of Driss - in the true story inspiration upon which