General · 2nd March 2013
On Friday, March 8, 7:45 at the Quadra Community Centre, Friday Flicks presents Intouchables. In French with English subtitles.
The French import THE INTOUCHABLES has been an astonishing success in Europe, coming in second to France’s top film of all time.
THE INTOUCHABLES satirizes brutal, deeply held French notions of class distinction. It also indirectly addresses the country’s imperialist history with Algeria, a former colony.
Philippe, left a quadriplegic by a parasailing accident, is refined, elegant, and conservative. Driss, familiar with a different kind of prison, is rude, crude, impulsive, highly sexed and quick to dance. Senegalese actor Omar Sy, is spectacular as Driss. Francois Cluzet is equally superb as Philippe. The two couldn’t make a less likely duo for a patient-caregiver pairing, but Philippe wants to be taken out of his dull reality.
THE INTOUCHABLES has all the hijinks of rousing odd-couple films played out by two actors who demolish stereotypes about race and social class.