Thursday, August 29, 2013

Intouchables- Review

It's been a long time since I've watched a movie that made me feel this good. I was skeptical b/c I looked at the cover and thoughy here we go again black people white people how will they learn to appreciate each other or how will one make the other better. However, the film made it less about race and more about status (of course blacks are typically seen as poor but yea anyway).  It is interesting that it is based on a true story and the man in real life is not black or well actually West- African but he is Algerian.

Intouchables- starring Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet. It tells the story of Fracois' character Philippe bound to a wheel chair hiring a caregiver for his day to day needs. Omar's character Driss a petty criminal interviews for the job to get gov't benefits only to be hired instead.  The pair get to know each other as Driss learns the ropes of his job. Driss' hard exterior eventually sheds and the two become great friends. The two help each other heal from their life wounds and together they experience new things for the first time. Well acted by both leads and after you get through the first 20 minutes or so of the film that almost seems far out of place the movie then moves well with humor and emotion.  What a well told story. I laughed a lot and almost cried. I even want to watch it again soon. Go get your foreign film on.

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