Friday, June 1, 2012

The Intouchables


First off, let me clear up some confusion.  This is not a film about Al Capone and Elliot Ness.  And that's not Tom Wilkenson on the poster.  OK, now that that's out of the way, you should open your mind to a subtitled French film that's likely to become one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.  With Harvey Weinstein behind it, it's almost a guarantee.

Based on a real people, this is the story of a very rich and cultured white man paralyzed from the neck down, and the poor and uneducated yet fun and charismatic black man who he hires to care for him.  Sound hokey and depressing?  It's neither.  It's an inspirational and frequently funny film that leaves you feeling good, and surprisingly envious of both characters.  See it.

Grade: B+

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