May 13, 2013 by Mithil
The mark of true friendship is always in the brutal honesty the persons. One cannot shy away from speaking his mind when the need comes for intervention or beating around the bush in case of confessions. The Intouchables is one such movie speaking through the heart of it’s protagonist and always true words.
The life of quadriplegic millionaire Philippe is planned out till Driss walks into his office for a caretaker job interview. While others maybe be bullshitting him about the job, he puts it straight – he needs Philippe signature to avail unemployment benefits. Phillipe is amazed at how frank this guy is and how indifferently rude he has been to him. Out of some disgust to the bullshit he has been receiving about his disability, he hires the guy for a month trial as his caretaker. Next – he isn’t the same man anymore – he laughs, smokes and does things one could only dream of.
When Driss asks Philippe what can relieve him of his pain, Philippe looks at two girls with short skirts and says something to the effect, “I think I can use some of that”. To which Driss replies with a grin, “We have got sick minds when it comes to that, haven’t we?”. What I liked about the scene is the candid nature of two and how forthright they were about their thoughts. Normally there is a good guy and there is that naughty guy, but Philippe being the good one doesn’t hold back from the adulteries of the naughty one, Driss. What he sees is a new colour in his life that has been marked with shades of lost love and phoney sympathies. The movie reeks of such beautifully executed moments of good humour and companionship.
Those who have got enough doses of any kind of cinema, knows characters like Driss. They are maybe not as regular but we know the kind when we see them. But this Driss has some qualities that qualifies him to be called eccentric in is own category. When housemaid tells him that Philippe needs him now, he shuts her up with ‘one minute’ while meticulously ogling at his new bathtub. Yeah he carries that kind of rudeness even when he burst into laughter seeing a stage actor singing in opera. The movie is inspired form real events but what holds it together is it’s two leads, completely endearing even when they don’t act together.
I really mean it when I say these two – François Cluzet and Omar Sy really compliment each other. One with a wide smile and other with reassuring one, fits in perfectly. Omar’s character battles a lot of demons including family predicaments and racial slurs but the performance put by him is truly laudable. If Omar is the second hand in a watch than François is the minute hand, painting every scene with such mature performance. His last scene where his expression move from total disbelief to amazement is a scene you can watch multiple times without feeling bored. The Director and writer duo Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano steers the movie without being overdramatic which can be really tricky. The one other thing is the music that really moved me, such beautiful piano composition towards the climax. it’s been 2 days and still I am totally in awe.
Oh, a must watch for everyone.