Review: The Intouchables

The Intouchables. Written by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Distributed by the Weinstein Company. Distributed by Gaumont. Rated R for language and some drug use. Running time: 113 minutes.


Why would a quadriplegic man confined to a wheelchair and largely dependent on others hire as his primary caregiver a man who lacks relevant experience, spent six months in jail for robbery, and showed up to the interview only in order to continue receiving welfare payments? The answer is that such a caregiver would be unlikely to fuss over or pity his employer.

This arrangement is the premise of The Intouchables, a French film loosely based on the lives of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caregiver, Abdel Sellou (whose alter ego in the film is named Driss). . . .

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