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Intouchables is another French film discovered by Harvey Weinstein's The Weinstein Company and imported to the United States. Huge Hit Harvey has had a knack for finding Oscar winners lately scoring back-to-back best picture, best actor, and best director awards for 2010's The King's Speech and 2011's The Artist. I wouldn't be surprised if Intouchables was in the running to make it 3 in a row.
When I say it's a French film, I mean it's a French film with French actors that speak French. Luckily for us, it's got English subtitles and even luckier for us is that the subtitle makers, made the subtitle's large and easy to read on a big theater screen (even from the last row where I sat) so don't let that deter you from seeing this wonderful film.
Intouchables tells the story of the bond that develops between Phillipe, a wealthy Frenchman who is a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, and Driss, a young man from the projects that he hires as his caretaker. The beauty of their relationship is that everyone in Phillipe's life treats him as a handicapped person until Driss comes along and points out the humor of his situation. He repeatedly "hands" Phillipe a cell phone (knowing he can't grab it) and while not pying attention tries to feed him his dinner through his eyeball. They make jokes out fo the things that aren't really that funny but do it in a way that's charming and compassionate that also helps the audience look past Phillipe's disabilities and realize that he has many more abilities but he needs a little help to get it done.
This is a film that you just smile throughout the duration. Even it's sad moments are filled with joy and hope as you see how these two men are able to help each other. Driss helps Phillipe find a new joy in life and in return, Phillipe helps Driss find responsibility and discover a world outside of the projects.
I give Intouchables 10 stars out of 11. It opens at Market Street Cinema this weekend.