Intouchables is based on a true story about a wealthy man, who has been paralyzed from the neck down, and young, erratic, yet good intentioned ex-con, who is hired on as the man's caretaker. This film could have easily fallen off a cliff into the world of forced emotion and sentimental-drivel but it never does in this touching story of friendship which can come in the least expected of places. The story really takes it's time and never changes the characters to help aid the story. For example, Driss is a good-humored man, who even comes off as somewhat lazy early in the film. As their relationship evolves, Driss never changes really, becoming suddenly serious, or over-sentimental, rather, he stays the same good-humored loof that he was in the very beginning. This film is all about the relationship between these two men, and honestly, Omar Sy performance as Driss, I found to be particularly fantastic. The man has a lot of charisma and really injects the film with lots of laughs and fun-much of what our central character ourselves needs and feels himself. Obviously there is a lot to be said towards the whole "Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover" notion, as in just because people come from backgrounds that are far different, doesn't make them any less compatible as human beings. The film nails Philippe's feelings of being in a wheelchair and how the last thing he wants is too be pitied, which I feel would ring very genuine to those with similar problems. All and all this is a really strong touching film that's actually really funny and genuine. I think it could have done more in it's dissection of Phillippe's emotions and issues dealing with being the way he is, but this is just not the path the film choose to take. This def should have won the Cesar over The Artist.
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