Ciné Club: Les Intouchables (BFF)

Omar Sy and François Cluzet in Les Intouchables (Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011)

Omar Sy and François Cluzet in Les Intouchables (Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011)

We conclude our celebration of unlikely friendships with a recent film that took the world by surprise and became the most successful ever French film abroad.

Inspired by a true story, Les Intouchables chronicles the relationship between two very different men: Driss, a Senegalese ex-con living in the rough suburbs of Paris and Philippe, a rich white man paralysed from the neck down in need of a full-time carer. It's a powerful film about overcoming adversity, including one's own fears and notions of 'normality', with a cheeky brand of humour that asks questions about disability, racism and prejudice squarely and plainly. 

"An exuberantly charming French buddy comedy that proves an audience will suspend disbelief and follow an unlikely story as long as it's superbly crafted."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today