Untouchable (15)

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Posted: Tue Sep 18 2012

Culture-clash comedy blends with heart-tugging true-life drama in this French box-office hit. François Cluzet (‘Tell No One’) is Philippe, a wealthy man left paralysed from the neck down after an accident. Interviewing worthy types for the job of carer, Philippe is struck by Driss (Omar Sy), a street-smart criminal who’s merely applying in order to receive benefits. Admiring his irreverence, Philippe hires Driss and moves him into his palatial home. Bonding ensues, amid many raised eyebrows.

It’s an enjoyable, if familiar, set-up, recalling ‘Scent of a Woman’ as Driss opens Philippe’s eyes to new worlds (pot smoking, soul music), and vice versa. Both become aware of their privileges: chiefly education and an able body, respectively. There’s also a whiff of ‘The Sound of Music’ as this whirlwind brings a different kind of tune to the household, challenging the way Philippe raises his daughter. Of course, this is not a romance, but a bromance: it’s these two against a world that fails to understand either of them properly.

While ‘Untouchable’ (released in France in 2011 as ‘Intouchables’) is based on a true story, you sense a good deal of artistic licence – the original carer was an Algerian immigrant, while the film’s Driss is Senegalese. And ‘Untouchable’ leaves itself wide open to criticism of racial stereotyping. As Driss grooves around the mansion, showing the uptight white people how to dance, one is reminded more of an ’80s Hollywood comedy than a modern French one. But both characters are enormously sympathetic and you can’t deny the film’s heart is in the right place. It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep – the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.

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15

UK release:

Fri Sep 21, 2012

Duration:

112 mins

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Peter Ludbrook

A gem of a movie. I haven't heard an audience laugh so much since 'The Artist''. For a movie to do that and by the end touch the heart is no mean achievement. Super performances all round and very well directed. What's not to like?

Peter Ludbrook

A gem of a movie. I haven't heard an audience laugh so much since 'The Artist''. For a movie to do that and by the end touch the heart is no mean achievement. Super performances all round and very well directed. What's not to like?

Brian Whittaker

Yes it is trite and full of stereotype comparisions(rich/poor, black/white, health/illnesss/ and male/female) but this is not meant as a documentary and it has such a strong energy and sense of fun it makes a for a really laugh out loud movie- yes it makes you feel good but sometimes that's not a bad thing. Great fun!

BusheyEyed

This is an excellent film and deserves a higher Time Out rating than 3; I've given it 5 but to be fair 4+ would be my ideal rating. Ok some of the scenes are a little familiar but this is easily compensated by the direction, acting (particularly Omar Sy who is superb) and general feelgood factor. The opera scene was particularly funny and the paragliding sequence magical. Overall very enjoyable film; highly recommended.

BusheyEyed

This is an excellent film and deserves a higher Time Out rating than 3; I've given it 5 but to be fair 4+ would be my ideal rating. Ok some of the scenes are a little familiar but this is easily compensated by the direction, acting (particularly Omar Sy who is superb) and general feelgood factor. The opera scene was particularly funny and the paragliding sequence magical. Overall very enjoyable film; highly recommended.

Paul

Loved the film and lots of laughs out loud and chuckles, a good night out!

Paul

Loved the film and lots of laughs out loud and chuckles, a good night out!

JayneM

A really good film. I was smiling away i whilst watching this & a few laugh out loud moments. Its a touching film with comedy throughout. The relationship between the two main characters is believable & grows. Its a true story & a feel good movie but not in a soppy way!

John o sullivan

I greatly enjoyed it and casting Sy was the directors choice as he had acted in some of his previous work i doubt if Sengales are more loved in france than algerians the comedy is broad and its highly manipulitive but youll walk out the cinma with a lighter step

danny J

A must-see movie. Unconventional, seriously funny and touching movie. Unbelievable and yet it happened for real. You will feel very good when you leave. Get ready for a smile.

danny J

A must-see movie. Unconventional, seriously funny and touching movie. Unbelievable and yet it happened for real. You will feel very good when you leave. Get ready for a smile.