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The Intouchables (2011)

Intouchables (original title)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

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Olivier Nakache, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (adapted from his autobiographical tale Le Second Souffle) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Philippe
Omar Sy ... Driss
Anne Le Ny Anne Le Ny ... Yvonne
Audrey Fleurot ... Magalie
Joséphine de Meaux Joséphine de Meaux ... La DRH société de courses
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Marcelle
Alba Gaïa Bellugi Alba Gaïa Bellugi ... Elisa
Cyril Mendy Cyril Mendy ... Adama
Salimata Kamate Salimata Kamate ... Fatou
Absa Diatou Toure Absa Diatou Toure ... Mina
Grégoire Oestermann ... Antoine
Dominique Daguier Dominique Daguier ... Amie de Philippe
François Caron François Caron ... Ami de Philippe
Christian Ameri Christian Ameri ... Albert
Thomas Solivérès ... Bastien - dit le Plumeau (as Thomas Soliveres)
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Storyline

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own. See more »


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Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Intouchables See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,507, 27 May 2012

Gross USA:

$10,198,820

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$426,588,510
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With 8.8 million moviegoers, this was the most successful film in Germany in 2012 (beating the likes of Skyfall (2012), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012). It is the most successful French film in German cinema history. See more »

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When Driss comes to get his document, you can see a no-parking sign with the words "jour et nuit" outside the mansion. Later, when Driss beats the neighbor, the sign is different. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Driss: [while driving] Outta the way.
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5% of the profits from the film will be donated to the Association Simon of Cyrene - 15 rue de Suffren - 75015 Paris whose purpose is to create shared living spaces for disabled adults and friends. See more »

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Referenced in Nanoman: Lethal Suicidal Depression (2013) See more »

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Colombine Ouverture Burlesque
Music by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performed by Le Capriccio Français
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One of the Most Unique and Beautiful Friendships ever Committed to Film
27 November 2011 | by OttoVonBSee all my reviews

Do not look at this through the prism of "Foreign Films". You'd be wasting your time and miss something far too important.

Hollywood does scale like nobody else, leaving the competition gasping in its wake. France does intimacy, and brutality. Nothing is sacred. And rather than try to revive the New Wave or emulate Hollywood like most widely seen French films of late, "Intouchables" harnesses its core strengths - ease with intimacy, willingness to ridicule anything and brutal honesty - and delivers one of the funniest, most honest and touching films I have ever seen.

Sy is a failed robber, going through the motions and playing the stereotypical jobless émigré. Cluzet is a romantic and melancholy mind trapped in a useless body. The circumstances that bring them together are too funny to spoil here, but meet they do, and an awkward relationship quickly blossoms as they bring out the best in each other.

The film's simplicity is delightfully misleading: the script is a masterpiece of comedy writing, and however good the rest of the cast is, the central duo is magical. Sy's comic timing will have you in stitches, but it is his honesty and vulnerability that make you fall in love with the character. Cluzet isn't your typical sad-sack, instead, much of the finest pleasures in the film consist in watching him use his keen mind to mess with the world around him (a subplot about an abstract painting really takes the biscuit, you'll know it when you see it).

This is one of the most unique, beautiful and honest friendships ever committed to film. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry... a delightful celebration of everything in life that makes it worthwhile.


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