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Title: Intouchables
Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
112 Min./ FR / Drama
4 out of 5
Reviewed by: Sieto Kooijker
Annually many fine French films are being released. Every now and then there are some exceptional French movies. For example the last few years we had Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks), il ya longtemps que je t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long) and Un Prophete (A Prophet). In France it was one of the most watched films of all time.

Intouchables tells the story of the millionaire Philippe, who by accident has become severely disabled, and Driss, originally a Senegalese boy, who lives on unemployment benefits and does not intend to change his life into one where he has a job.
If you want to get an unemployment benefit, you will also need to apply for jobs. That’s why one time he shows up at a job interview as a nurse for Philppe. To the surprise of many, Driss gets the job. This is not only a lifetime change for Driss, but also for Philippe. A special bond arises between the two.

Intouchables is a highly recommendable autobiographical film. The movie knows to hit you with simplicity, humor but also a lot of the drama. It’s excellent acting of the two protagonists and rightly therefore that this is the French entry for the Oscars.
It would be more than justice if the film receives the Oscar for best foreign movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Reviewed by: Sieto Kooijker
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