Starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy
Written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledo
Running time 113 minutes
Our last movie Harold And Maude was a black comedy about a very odd couple and their unlikely romance. Untouchable (Intouchables) tells the story of another seemingly mis-matched pair, drawn together by fate - who form a relationship that changes both their lives.
Philippe is a wealthy white man living in Paris, left a helpless quadriplegic after a paragliding accident. Driss is a young black ex-con from a poor and deprived family in the banlieue. When he turns up for an interview as Philippe’s live-in carer Driss has no intention of getting the job but the next day finds himself in the role. Philippe likes the fact that his new nurse shows him no pity and the two men develop a combative rapport with one another which suits them both very well.
Based on a true story, this very funny film has a take on disability that is refreshing and irreverent. Untouchable features two outstanding performances by the leads. Omar Sy in particular is a revelation in his first major movie role after a career in comedy and TV. His energy and anarchy find the perfect foil in François Cluzet as the sarcastic and embittered millionaire.
Omar Sy worked again with the directors of this film in Samba which was released earlier this year.