Driss decides at first to take the job for the luxurious surroundings and privacy, sorely lacking in the project. Yet, he begins to develop a deep respect and a bonding between these two men develops.
Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano from a script they co-wrote together brings us a beautiful story of male bonding with a gentle loving pace to the story which unfolds slowly before us.
Actors Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy bring to life the characters of Phillppe and Driss respectively with a chemistry that ignites the theater and carries the film to it’s heartwarming and tearful ending. What a pity American film is suffering this year by both storyline (Battleship) and chemistry (John Carter) while foreign cinema is putting us to shame.
The British have a huge sleeper film vying for Oscar® gold with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and now this gem from neighboring France. American writers and directors should take note that all the loud noise and increasingly excessive explosions does not fill the gap of a good story and a finely written script like The Intouchables.
I hope people will put aside the fact that it is indeed subtitled for the energy between these two actors along with the pleasant flow of the French language is so compelling that you'll almost forget to read them for not wanting to miss a single moment of this exceptional movie. Like the characters of Phillippe and Driss being polar opposites, so too is the title of this film. The Intouchables will touch the heart and soul of all that attend and support great storytelling. It is a beautiful movie and yet another Oscar® contender from across the pond.