I’m a sucker for heartwarming films, movies that explore the growing bond between people and how they help each other reach their full potential. Sure, they can veer toward the sappy, but when done right, these films can really connect emotionally.
“The Intouchables” is already a smash in its native France, and the story between a paralyzed man and his unlikely caretaker is making its way to American theaters in a few short weeks.
The film revolves around the relationship between Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a wealthy quadriplegic, and Driss (Omar Sy), a young man from the projects who cares for him. Ever since a paragliding accident left him paralyzed, Philippe needs a full-time caretaker. Driss doesn’t take the prospect of becoming Philippe’s caretaker seriously when he applies for the job.
But Philippe is drawn to Driss’ casual nature, and he finds that fact that Driss treats him no different than anyone else refreshing. He offers Driss the position on a trial basis, and over time the two grow closer as they learn more about each other.
Sure, some aspects of “The Intouchables” could border on the cheesy and cliche, but the trailer alone certainly tugged at my heartstrings. Its success in France and its overall favorable reviews overseas give me hope that the film could be a truly moving experience.
“The Intouchables” opens in limited release in the United States on May 25. Check out the trailer below.
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