|Directed by||Olivier Nakache
|Produced by||Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky
|Written by||Olivier Nakache
|Music by||Ludovico Einaudi|
|Edited by||Reynald Bertrand|
|Distributed by||Gaumont (France)|
|Running time||113 minutes|
|Box office||€346 million
The Intouchables (French: Intouchables [ɛ̃tuʃabl], UK: Untouchable) is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Nine weeks after its release in France on 2 November 2011, it became the second biggest box office hit in France, just behind the 2008 film Welcome to the Sticks. The film was voted the cultural event of 2011 in France with 52% of votes in a poll by Fnac. The film has received several award nominations. In France, the film was nominated for eight César Awards and earned Omar Sy the César Award for Best Actor.
At night in Paris, Driss is driving Philippe's Maserati at high speed. They are chased through the streets by the police, and eventually cornered. Driss claims the quadriplegic Philippe must be urgently driven to the emergency room; Philippe pretends to have a stroke and the fooled police officers escort them to the hospital.
The story of the friendship between the two men is then told as a flashback: Philippe, a rich quadriplegic who owns a luxurious mansion, and his assistant Magalie, are interviewing candidates to be his live-in caregiver. Driss, a candidate, has no ambitions to get hired. He is just there to get a signature showing he was interviewed and rejected in order to continue to receive his welfare benefits. He is told to come back the next morning to get his signed letter.
The next day, Driss returns and learns that he is on a trial period for the live-in caregiver job. Despite his disinterest and lack of professional experience, Driss does well caring for Philippe, even if his methods are unconventional. Driss learns the extent of Philippe's disability and accompanies Philippe in every moment of his life, assisting him in all the ways needed. A friend of Philippe's reveals Driss's criminal record which includes six months in jail for robbery. Philippe states he does not care about Driss's past because he is the only one that does not treat him with pity. He says he will not fire him as long as he does his job properly.
Philippe discloses to Driss that he became disabled following a paragliding accident and that his wife died without bearing children. Gradually, Philippe is led by Driss to put some order in his private life, including being stricter with his adopted daughter Elisa. Driss discovers modern art, opera, and even takes up painting. For Philippe's birthday, a private concert of classical music is performed in his living room. After the concert Driss plays Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland" and Philippe has a birthday that is not boring as the ones he has had in the past.
Driss discovers that Philippe has a purely epistolary relationship with a woman called Eléonore, who lives in Dunkirk. Driss encourages him to meet her but Philippe fears her reaction when she discovers his disability. Driss eventually convinces Philippe to talk to Eléonore on the phone. Philippe agrees with Driss to send a photo of him in a wheelchair to her, but he hesitates and asks his aide, Yvonne, to send a picture of him as he was before his accident. A date between Eléonore and Philippe is agreed. At the last minute Philippe is too scared to meet Eléonore and leaves with Yvonne before Eléonore arrives. Philippe then calls Driss and invites him to travel with him in his private jet for a paragliding weekend.
Adama, Driss's younger cousin, who is in trouble with a gang, comes to fetch Driss at Phillipe's mansion on the pretext of delivering mail. Overhearing, Philippe recognizes Driss' need to be supportive to his family and releases him from his job, suggesting he may not want to push a wheelchair all his life.
Driss returns to his urban projects, joining his friends, and manages to help his younger cousin. In the meantime Philippe has hired caregivers to replace Driss, but he isn't happy with any of them. His morale is very low and he stops taking care of himself. Yvonne becomes worried and contacts Driss, who arrives and decides to drive Philippe in the Maserati, which brings the story back to the first scene of the film, the police chase. After they have eluded the police, Driss takes Philippe to the seaside. Upon shaving and dressing elegantly, Philippe and Driss arrive at a Cabourg restaurant with a great ocean view. Driss suddenly leaves the table and says good luck to Philippe for his lunch date. A few seconds later, Eléonore arrives. Emotionally touched, Philippe looks through the window and sees Driss outside, smiling at him. Driss bids Philippe farewell and walks away.
The plot of the film is inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his French-Algerian caregiver Abdel Sellou, discovered by the directors in A la vie, à la mort, a documentary film.
- François Cluzet as Philippe
- Omar Sy as Driss Bassary
- Audrey Fleurot as Magalie
- Clotilde Mollet as Marcelle
- Anne Le Ny as Yvonne
- Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi as Elisa
- Cyril Mendy as Adama
- Christian Ameri as Albert
- Grégoire Oestermann as Antoine
- Marie-Laure Descoureaux as Chantal
- Absa Dialou Toure as Mina
- Salimata Kamate as Fatou
The film holds a 75% "Certified Fresh" rating at the film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, which includes 89 positive reviews out of 118, and an average score of 6.7 out of 10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 57 out of 100, based on 31 ratings of professional critics.
Critical response in the UK
Upon the film's 21 September 2012 UK release under the title Untouchable, The Independent called it a "a third-rate buddy movie that hardly understands its own condescension....Why has the world flipped for this movie? Maybe it's the fantasy it spins on racial/social/cultural mores, much as Driving Miss Daisy did 20-odd years ago – uptight rich white employer learns to love through black employee's life-force. That was set in the segregationist America of the 1940s. What's this film's excuse?" Robbie Collin of The Telegraph called it "as broad, accessible and trombonishly unsubtle as a subtitled Driving Miss Daisy"; according to Collin, the "characters are conduits for charisma rather than great dramatic roles, but the horseplay between Sy and Cluzet is often very funny, and one joke bounces merrily into the next." Nigel Farndale, also of The Telegraph, said: "The film, which is about to be released in Britain, has been breaking box-office records in France and Germany, and one of the reasons seems to be that it gives the audience permission to laugh with, not at, people with disabilities, and see their lives as they have never seen them before.
The film won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix award given to the best film at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Award for Best Actor to both Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy in 2011. At the César Awards 2012, the film received eight nominations. Omar Sy received the César Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for the role of Driss (defeating Jean Dujardin, nominated for The Artist) and being the first French African actor to receive this honor.
In September 2012, it was announced that The Intouchables had been selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar for the 85th Academy Awards. In December 2012, it made the January shortlist, but was ultimately not selected for inclusion among the final nominees.
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|African-American Film Critics Association||Best Foreign Film||Won|
|British Academy Film Awards||Best Film Not in the English Language||Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|César Awards||Best Film||Nominated|
|Best Director||Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Omar Sy||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Anne Le Ny||Nominated|
|Best Writing – Original||Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Mathieu Vadepied||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Dorian Rigal-Ansous||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Pascal Armant, Jean Goudier, and Jean-Paul Hurier||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Foreign-Language Film||Nominated|
|David di Donatello Awards||Best European Film||Won|
|European Film Awards||Best Film||Nominated|
|Best Actor||François Cluzet and Omar Sy||Nominated|
|Best Screenwriter||Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Awards||Best Music||Nominated|
|Best Foreign Comedy Trailer||Won|
|Goya Awards||Best European Film||Won|
|Houston Film Critics Society||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding International Motion Picture||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Foreign-Language Film||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Omar Sy||Nominated|
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Foreign-Language Film||Won|
|Tokyo International Film Festival||Tokyo Grand Prix||Won|
|Best Actor||François Cluzet and Omar Sy||Won|
|Washington D. C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
After four weeks, by 25 November 2011, The Intouchables had already become the most-watched film in France in 2011. After sixteen weeks, more than 19 million people had seen the film in France. On 10 January 2012, The Intouchables set a record, having been number one for ten consecutive weeks since its release in France. The film has grossed $166 million in France and $444.7 million worldwide as of 12 May 2013.
On 20 March 2012, The Intouchables became the highest-grossing movie in a language other than English with $281 million worldwide. It broke the previous record set by the Japanese film Spirited Away ($274.9 million), also breaking the record for the highest-grossing French film, surpassing The Fifth Element ($263.9 million). In July 2012, it became the top grossing foreign language film of 2012 in North America, surpassing A Separation.
The film has also done well in several other European countries, topping charts in Germany for nine consecutive weeks, Switzerland for eleven weeks, Austria for six weeks, Poland for three weeks, and Italy, Spain and Belgium for one week, as of 20 May 2012.
- With more than 30 million tickets sold outside of France, it is the most successful French film shot in French since at least 1994.
- In the United States, it is the fourth highest-grossing French-language film since 1980.
- In Germany, it is the most successful French film shot in any language since at least 1968.
- In Italy, it is the most successful French film shot in French since at least 1997.
- In Spain, it is the second most successful French film shot in French since at least 1994 behind Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar (3.7 million admissions) released in 1999.
- In South Korea, it is the most successful French film shot in French since at least 1994.
- In Switzerland, it is the most successful French film shot in any language and the second most successful film from any nationalities behind Titanic, since at least 1995.
- In Belgium, it is the second most successful French film shot in any language since at least 1996 behind Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (1,148,179 admissions).
- In Austria, it is the most successful French film shot in any language since at least 1994.
- In the Netherlands, it is the most successful French film shot in any language since at least 1994.
- In Poland, it is the fourth most successful French film shot in French since at least 1998 behind Amélie (758,201 admissions), Asterix at the Olympic Games (685,800 admissions) and Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (680,010 admissions).
- In Israel, it is the most successful French film shot in French since at least 2002.
- In Quebec, it is the fourth most successful French film shot in French since 1 January 2000 (as of 29 March 2012) behind Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (651,582 admissions), Amélie (569,523 tickets) and The Chorus (364,052 tickets sold).
- In Portugal, with 146,000 tickets sold in 5 weeks, it is the 6th most successful French film shot in French since at least 1994.
- In Japan, it is the most successful French film ever.
- Ludovico Einaudi – "Fly" (3:20)
- Earth, Wind & Fire – "September" (3:33)
- Omar Sy, François Cluzet & Audrey Fleurot – "Des références..." (1:08)
- Ludovico Einaudi – "Writing Poems" (4:09)
- George Benson – "The Ghetto" (4:57)
- Omar Sy & François Cluzet – "L'arbre qui chante" (1:01)
- Terry Callier – "You're Goin' Miss Your Candyman" (7:18)
- François Cluzet & Omar Sy – "Blind Test" (2:21)
- Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions – "Boogie Wonderland" (4:45)
- Ludovico Einaudi – "L'origine nascosta" (3:12)
- Nina Simone – "Feeling Good" (2:53)
- Ludovico Einaudi – "Cache-cache" (3:51)
- Angelicum De Milan – "Vivaldi: Concerto pour 2 violons & Orchestra" (3:21)
- Ludovico Einaudi – "Una mattina" (6:41)
- Vib Gyor – "Red Lights" (4:29)
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