the Intouchables 2011
written and directed by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. It is also known as Untouchable in the UK and Ireland. Omar Sy and François Cluzet are its stars. It passed the 2008 picture Welcome to the Sticks as the largest box office success in France nine weeks after its debut on November 2, 2011. In a Fnac poll, the movie received 52% of the votes, making it the cultural highlight of 2011 in France. With 51.5 million tickets sold, it was the most watched French movie worldwide until Lucy overtook it in 2014. The movie was nominated for multiple awards. The movie received seven additional César Award nominations in France, including the César Award for Best Actor for Cluzet, and won the César Award for Best Actor for Sy. A charity that aids people with paralysis, Simon de Cyrène, received 5% of the movie’s earnings.
at the 85th Academy Awards, The Intouchables, made the January shortlist.
Driss is operating Philippe’s Maserati Quattroporte at a high rate of speed during the night in Paris. Police pursue them through the streets before cornering them. Driss insists that Philippe, a quadriplegic, needs to visit the ER immediately. Philippe poses as having a seizure, and the duped police officers accompany him. Driss enters the hospital and departs in a car.
Then, in a flashback, the two men’s friendship is described: Rich quadriplegic Philippe and his helper Magalie are interviewing potential live-in caretakers. Philippe is the proprietor of a posh hotel particulier. Driss is merely waiting for a signature on a document attesting to the fact that his interview was unsuccessful in order to keep collecting benefits. He has no desire to be hired. He is instructed to return the next morning to pick up his signed document.
When Driss arrives the following day, Philippe’s assistant Yvonne welcomes him and informs him that he has the position on a trial basis. He takes good care of Philippe despite being uninterested and inexperienced, although in an odd way. Driss informs Philippe about the full scope of his impairment, which helps Philippe in every aspect of his life. Driss was sentenced to six months in prison for robbery, according to a friend of Philippe, but Philippe is unconcerned with Driss’s background. He won’t fire Driss as long as he performs his duties as required because he is the only person who does not treat Philippe with sympathy.
Philippe says that his paragliding accident caused his disability and that his wife passed away childless. Driss gradually assists him in organizing his personal life, including training his naive adopted daughter Elisa. Driss begins painting and learns about modern art and opera. A private classical music concert is held in Philippe’s living room to celebrate his birthday. Driss is taught some well-known classical pieces by Philippe, but he only knows them as the music from commercials or cartoons. Driss plays “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire to liven up the party because he thinks the concert is too dull. The partygoers are also entertained by the music.
Driss urges his boss to meet Eléonore after learning that Philippe has an exclusively written correspondence with her. However, Philippe is reluctant to do so because he is concerned about Eléonore’s reaction once she learns of his impairment. He is convinced to call her on the phone by Driss. Philippe consents to send her a photo of himself in a wheelchair, but he is hesitant and requests that his assistant, Yvonne, provide a photo of him before the accident. They agree to go on a date, but Philippe suddenly decides he’s too nervous to see Eléonore and leaves with Yvonne before she shows up. Then Philippe phones Driss and invites him to travel in his Dassault Falcon 900 private aircraft with him for a weekend of paragliding in the Alps.
On the pretence of delivering mail, Driss’s cousin Adam, who is in danger with a gang, arrives at the mansion to pick up Driss. Hearing, Philippe releases Driss from his employment and acknowledges his need to support his family. He also suggests that Driss might not want to spend the rest of his life pushing a wheelchair.
After making it back home, Driss rejoins his buddies and is able to assist his cousin. Driss has since been replaced by different carers, but Philippe is dissatisfied with all of them. When he loses motivation, he stops caring for himself. He develops a beard and seems unwell. Yvonne calls Driss back out of concern.
Driss transports Philippe in the Maserati when they arrive, returning the narrative to the initial police pursuit. Driss drives Philippe to the beach after they escape the police. When Philippe is dressed and shaven, they go to a restaurant in Cabourg that is right on the water. Driss abruptly gets up from the table and wishes Philippe luck on his lunch date. Soon after, Eléonore shows up. Philippe is moved to tears when he glances out the window and sees Driss smiling at him. Philippe waves Driss off and departs as Eléonore and Phillipe converse and enjoy one other’s company.
Pictures of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou, the characters on whom the story is based, together on a hillside bring to mind the paragliding scene earlier in the movie as the movie comes to a close. The men are still great friends, according to the caption at the conclusion.
his French-Algerian carer Abdel Sellou was the basis for the movie’s premise, which the directors learned about while making the documentary film La vie, à la grave.