The Intouchables Film Analysis

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Hypothesis: Critics have differing opinions on whether they see racism in the film ‘The Intouchables' or not. When the film ‘The Intouchables' was first released in 2011, it managed to conjure up a large quantity of response. However, not everyone took too kindly to the film with some very mixed feelings on Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's comedy-drama film piece. Some critics believed the film to be "disastrously condescending" and "racist" as demonstrated by ‘The New Yorker' critic David Denby. Alternatively, other critics such as Claudia Puig of ‘USA Today' described the French film as "exuberantly charming." This theme of the contrasting critics is very strong for ‘The Intouchables'. The main difference between the positive and negative perspectives is the way in which they view the selection of a poor, black, ex-con Senegal immigrant who was living in the projects, for the role of a personal carer for an excessively wealthy, aristocratic, white quadriplegic man. After viewing the film for the first time, David Denby, a renowned critic for ‘The New Yorker', did not enjoy what was being projected in front of him. His dismay of the film led to him mentioning in his review that "the entire movie is an embarrassment". Denby goes on from the very start of his review that he is unimpressed with Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's work. He starts off his review by calling it "A watered-down, square version of Julian Schnabel's great film ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' (2007)". This already gives a very negative tone as to how Denby viewed the movie and what he thinks of it. The main reason why Denby doesn't rate this film very well is because of what he believes is the racist element to the film. This view spawned from the characterisation of a poor, black man from the West African country Senegal who was used to ‘serve' a rich white man. Denby lets us know this viewpoint when he writes "The movie is driven by the peculiar French sentimentality about savagery and civilization that goes back to Rousseau, and it falls into disastrous condescension." What Denby is portraying here is that the French have a more relaxed and different attitude in comparison to the rest of the world on racism. He views the way

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