The Intouchables takes potentially heavy and melodramatic subject matter, and turns it on its head, providing one of the most uplifting and funny films of the past few years.
The film opens on a strong note. We are thrown in to a beautifully shot and edited scene of our two leads driving at night. The scene escalates to a well-executed climax before we are thrown back in time to learn the origins of their unique friendship.
For those of you unfamiliar with the events of this film, it revolved around a wealthy, quadriplegic bachelor who hires a young ex-con to be his caretaker. This is based on a true story, but never do you feel like the director is trying to manipulate you and make you feel overly mushy. The direction is simple and the story is simply presented to us. On the surface, I will admit that it’s not the freshest story in the world:- “Two people who should have nothing in common, end up finding a mutual respect for one another and form an unbreakable bond.” Yet, somehow, this film works incredibly well.
What I believe makes it work is the extremely strong script and even stronger performances from all the actors involved. Yes, our two leads are probably stands out the most, but every supporting character in this film also puts in excellent work.
The thing that really makes you take notice of the script and acting is just how funny this film really is. In terms of a strike rate of laughs, this film is one the top comedies in a while. The brash moments from Omar Sy’s caretaker shouldn’t be funny, and in any other context would be outright disrespectful, but because of the delicate handling from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache it really works.
I cannot recommend this movie more and it deserves every positive word that I had heard about it before seeing it for myself.