Movie review: The Intouchables

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  • 26/07/2018
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Still image from the movie of Phillipe laughing and having fun while being assisted in his wheelchair by Driss his support worker

‘The Intouchables’, written and directed by the French duo of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, is a beautiful and clever story about friendship, trust, and overcoming a world of differences to face life with humour and positivity.

Based on a true story, the film portrays the everyday life of a millionaire living in Paris, who has become a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident. After interviewing hundreds of applicants, he chooses to hire a man from the projects with no experience or even ambition to become a carer, by offering him a lifestyle he can’t refuse.

The clever comedy explores the friendship that grows between two men whose backgrounds are polar opposites, and the different perspectives they bring to each other’s lives. A very honest and frank look at the different classes and backgrounds in Paris, and a beautiful feel-good story about taking risks and re-finding your ‘joie de vivre’.

Released back in 2011, the film has won numerous awards world-wide.

The Telegraph, said:

“The film […] gives the audience permission to laugh with, not at, people with disabilities, and see their lives as they have never seen them before.”

This film will speak to you, no matter where you are from, and certainly brings a smile to your face – a must-see for anyone working in the community services!

Available now on Netflix Australia.

Watch the trailer here: