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.

DIRECTORS: Olivier Nakache , Eric Toledano

Francois Cluzet , Omar Sy , Anne Le Ny

RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes



BBFC RATING: 15 (Click here for the full classification report)

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The Guardian logo
“Based on a true story” but more than a little tweaked, this popular movie is to be France’s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar. It’s a polished account of the odd-couple friendship between Philippe (François Cluzet), a rich, handsome, cultivated quadriplegic, and his new carer, Driss (Omar Sy), an intelligent, charismatic, uneducated young working-class west African who has done time for robbery … Click here for the full review
Earlier this week, a committee overseen by the French National Cinema Centre selected Untouchable as that nation’s entry in the 2013 foreign language Oscar race. It’s just corny enough to win. The premise of Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s comic drama is not unlike The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and it, too, is based on a true story. Unlike Julian Schnabel’s rarefied exploration of paralysis, however, the film itself is as broad, accessible and trombonishly unsubtle as a subtitled Driving Miss Daisy … Click here for the full review

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If Hollywood produced a film about a (white) quadriplegic millionaire who receives a lesson in joie de vivre from his new carer, a (black) petty crook from the projects — and it will, a remake is on the way — it would probably be viewed here with the particular sort of cynicism reserved for films like The Help. In its native France, however, Les Intouchables has been a huge success … Click here for the full review and rating

Based on the real-life story of a Gallic millionaire paraplegic and his Arab-born carer, this culture-clash buddy movie is the most successful-ever French-language film at the global box office.

Nothing wrong with the turns by François Cluzet as the wheelchair-bound widower and comedian Omar Sy as the ex-prisoner from a tough Parisian banlieue. But did the script really have to perpetuate such crass racial stereotypes? … Click here for the full review and rating