The Intouchables

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The Intouchables The movie “The Intouchables” (first released on November 2, 2011 in Belgium and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano) is the factual story of an unconventional relationship between a millionaire quadriplegic from the ritziest neighborhood in Paris and his Senegalese caregiver from the ghetto—a bond that begins as a working one but builds, through trust and care and shared experiences, into a lasting friendship that changes two unhappy lives forever.
In Paris, the upper-class and academic Philippe (François Cluzet) is a quadriplegic millionaire that is interviewing candidates for the position of his caretaker. Out of the blue, Driss (Omar Sy) cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social
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(May 25, 2012, on page C7 of the New York edition with the headline: Helping a White Man Relearn Joie de Vivre.)
Race, in France as in the United States, is a perpetual source of confusion and discomfort; to address it is always, in some way, to get it wrong.
Especially wonderful about the film is how the two men help each other come to grips with their personal problems. Driss needs to become more responsible with his life, while Philippe needs to overcome his hang-ups about pursing a romantic relationship. Each man is deficient in a certain respect, and each helps the other overcome or at least compensate for that deficiency.
Scott Mendelson in his review writes “the film fails as a study of individual humanity, as both of its stars are presented as broadest and most clichéd class-related stereotypes imaginable… There

is no law saying that every film involving cross-racial relationships has to make some kind of defining statement about racism or race-relations in general, but there should be a rule against painting such broad character strokes using painfully obvious and patronizing stereotypes.” (Mendelson’s Memos)
That was not the feeling that I had watching the movie. I would definitely recommend this movie.
I must admit I was moved emotionally by this film. I laughed and I rejoiced in the end. I once lived in France

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