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The Intouchables...

This french movie based on a true life story is one one of the best movies I've seen in the recent past. It depicts the story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy paraplegic, Philippe and a 'down on his luck- wisecracking- happy go lucky- live for the moment' kinda black dude, Driss, who winds up as the rich guy's caretaker. And that's when the fun starts, this gorgeous black guy just goes about being himself and everybody falls in love with him... it's impossible not to. Driss livens up the household with his charm and wit, like the fresh mountain air. What's remarkable is his attitude towards the invalid Phillippe, Driss jokes about his condition and treats him as a regular guy. Sample this joke...

Driss : Where can you find a paraplegic?
Philippe : I don't know.
Driss : The same place you left him...

This is exactly the sense of normalcy that Philippe craves and Driss's presence in his life is invigorating to say the least. The lead characters have done their job pretty well, and this movie has won a ton of awards in the international circuit. It's not hard to understand why, the whole positive aura that surrounds this film has a way of seeping into the audience and one can't help but feel invigorated along with Philippe. Omar Sy as Driss is exemplary and he is the lifeline of this movie. The real life Driss must be a pretty awesome guy to hang out with...

So if you want a change from all those superhero movies that people never seem to tire of, then be sure to catch this beautiful french movie. There are no superhero's here... just ordinary people with a heartwarming story, and that in a nutshell is the essence of a real movie.

Comments

candice said…
yes, this is a lovely movie. i had watched it inflight sometime in june. loved it
ganeshputtu said…
just where do you find these little gems Karen? i am going to put this on top of my purchase list the next time i hit ritchie st for shopping
Karen Xavier said…
Tina, yeah... should check out more french movies.

Ganesh, my sister told me about this movie and made me watch it.

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