I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…
Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own.
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…
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.
Every moment you're not smiling during this movie, you're probably laughing...
Oh the Flair, the Incredible Natural Flair of this impeccably beautiful film, I can never get enough of.
Intouchables is like Middlemist’s Red Camellia.
So rarely does a film provide so much hope, such brightness and such a special and inimitable on screen relationship with splendorous effervescence. Every character and characteristic of this film is as colourful and as vibrant as a Monet Landscape.
So rarely does a film poignantly elucidate a human being, no matter what comes, must never let go off his charisma, determination and the ability to touch people’s hearts, change their lives to betterment, with words, with endearing demeanour, humbleness and humaneness.
So rarely does a film have such a spellbinding aura that is unquestionably genuine.…
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…
Warning! This movie is emotionally manipulative and sketches stereotypical portraits of the people in it that border on racism. Also, it is a very fine feel-good comedy that effectively touches the sweet spot in one’s heart whilst simultaneously curling your lips into a smile. In other words, cut the guys in and around this movie some slack already. François Cluzet puts down an admirable performance - as it is not easy to impersonate a role without using the full extent of your body - and the chemistry between him and Omar Sy is pretty much flawless. I think that the French directors duo knew that they weren’t going to pull off the greatest drama in the history of film more…
Generally alright but I found myself wincing at more cliches than I would've liked, and thought that those flashes of depth really could've gone further without compromising the silly upbeat overtones of the film. It wasn't an enjoyable feel-good movie for me... missing too many details. Couldn't laugh as much as the film was so explicitly prompting me to. If this was made by Hollywood I might have thrown up. The camaderie between Cluzet and Sy is what made this film for me - I could watch that ending scene of Cluzet looking out the window at Sy, brimming with emotion, again and again.
The cheese meter on this movie is off the charts, but damned if I didn't have a smile on my face for pretty much the entire runtime. It skates over the many, many problematic elements of the story--racial, socioeconomic, handicap-relevant--in favor of warming your heart, but when your heart is warmed this authentically, is that such a bad thing? The aim isn't high, but the pitch connects (mixed metaphor?), and I legitimately wasn't ready for it to end, which doesn't happen every day. Not a great work of fine art, but one of the most effective crowd-pleasers I've seen in a long time.
Out of Touch in France
The Intouchables is a French drama-comedy that tells the story of a quadriplegic aristocrat whose life is supposedly changed forever when he encounters and then hires an inner-city young man from the projects to be his caretaker. This was France’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, and nine weeks after its release in France, it became the second most successful French film, behind Welcome to the Sticks. This film comes backed by these stats, plus the fact that is how somehow found its way to #62 (as of this review) on IMDB’s top 250 film list, and will be a film that one of your friends asks you to…
Touched me in special places, I must admit.
A fine feelgood film with good intentions, but one of which I hoped it didn't make people with disabilities special by sending the message they are because of the suprising reactions of the healthy characters on common daily events, feelings and choices a disabled person (of course!) also has... We are all the same: just ordinary humans. ;-)
Philippe: Dites-moi Driss, pourquoi pensez-vous que les gens sont intéressés dans l'art?
Driss: Je ne sais pas, ce est une entreprise?
Philippe: Non, ce est parce que ce est la seule chose que l'on laisse derrière.
(Philippe: Tell me Driss, why do you think people are interested in art?
Driss: I don't know, it's a business?
Philippe: No. That's because it's the only thing one leaves behind.)
Ok, so I didn't really care for this movie very much, but my mother kept nagging for me to watch it because it's her favourite film. My first impression of it was that it was sad, because well, it was a guy in a wheelchair. I assumed he would die at the end. But, turns out this movie is so cute and funny and happy and fuzzy and makes me so happy because IT'S SO CUTE.
It's all in french by the way.
lindo e emocionante
With it's ridiculously high rating on IMDB and the hatred from some on Letterboxd I didn't know what to expect from this. Turns out it is actually deserved of some of praise it's been getting. The Intouchables is a story we've all seen before but mostly manages to stay away from being sentimental and manipulative like other films that have tried something like this. It also helps that Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy both give great performance and have great chemistry.
If I have one problem with it, it's the opening of the film. Trying to avoid spoilers, there's really no reason for it to open like that since it spoils a lot of what's to come. It's also questionable…
I liked this movie a lot as I was watching it. In retrospect it feels a little trite, but it was still pretty good.
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…
The current list from imdb.com (updated regularly; last on January 18th; compared to 7th of April).
I'm sure that The…