A masseuse's journey to find the human touch.
A true story of two men who should never have met - a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Lets get the inevitable insults out of the way now. Yes, I may well be one or more of the following things:
A heartless and cynical git
A contrarian arse
A joyless misanthropic bastard
A humourless speccy twat
I have read countless reviews assuring me that Intouchables is not as emotionally manipulative as its TV Movie of the Week synopsis would suggest, yet sadly the film is everything I feared it would be. It might well be the highest rated film of 2012 but I think I must be pre-programmed to have an adverse reaction to such feelgood stories. This 'true life’story should warm my cold dead heart and tickle my arthritic funny bone yet it barely raised a smile…
Every moment you're not smiling during this movie, you're probably laughing...
It is an astonishing accomplishment that this film isn't a big, sappy, melodramatic mess. What it is, though, is one of the most heartwarming and genuinely funny films I've ever seen.
The story can only be based on true events, because if it had been thought up it would have been a cliché. The writer's hand does show through some static in the plot, but it doesn't detract anything from what the film is really about, the unexpected friendship between two polar opposites.
As trite as stories about this basest human connection are, when they are told as well as they are here, they are irresistible. It has everything to do with the…
5 minutes in I knew this film would be great.
15 minutes in I knew this film would make my top 10 of 2012.
Fantastic in every way possible, I urge anyone who hasn't seen this yet to do so.
This film has heartwarming and feel good coming out of its ass!
Intouchables was the highest rated film on Letterboxd for 2012. It definitely isn't my number one, but I can agree it's one of the years best. The performances are wonderful and the story is heartwarming and surprisingly funny. If you need a feel good movie this is a great choice.
A feel-good film of the highest order. I was weary going in due to the praise, a little disheartened when it started with two gloomy characters looking despondently out of a car onto the dark, wet night but was totally sold when the credits kicked in.
I think this will draw somewhat apt comparisons with The King's Speech (which I do not like) but the fundamental difference for me is that The Intouchables succeeds as a pure comedy. Omar Sy's central performance is very solid, with excellent timing and delivery, with François Cluzet giving an equally committed performance as the straight man. The chemistry between them reaches levels I never saw between Firth and Rush (as much as I like both of those actors).
It's nice to see a film with likeable characters that ring true, and that features a good story told simply and told well. One of the best of the year for sure.
What an excellent movie about friendship in the unlikeliest of places. I couldn't stop smiling throughout this movie. Its such a heartwarming story. Omar Sy was brilliant as Driss, the caregiver to a disabled man in a wheelchair. I would recommend this movie to anyone.
Review coming soon.
Admittedly, Untouchable's script doesn't always hit the mark. A needless comparison with Obama has good intentions but is just one example of the race issue being dealt with flimsily, and as compelling as the story is, there's no denying its predictability. However, it's easy to make allowances when the two leads are this engaging. Furthermore, with a story such as this one, it would have been easy for the filmmakers to go down a more melancholy route, but thankfully the tone rarely shifts too far away from its default setting of light-hearted comedy.
Full review here - www.cine-vue.com/2012/09/film-review-untouchable.html
Wirklich so gut wie alle sagen.
Several people recommended it to me, yet I was hesitant to watch something when it gets so much hype. It was a fine, enjoyable movie, centered around an interesting friendship, yet it lacks emotional depth to really achieve greatness. Props to the terrific musical score.
Pedantic, but charming all the same.
Genuinely fun, and definitely funny. That's about all there is to it, but it doesn't really need to go any farther than that.
Intouchable tells a story of a great friendship while being supremely entertaining and a joy too watch. We really grow to love these characters and believe the devotion in their relationship.