by Devina Gunawan
I remember watching this movie in France, and at the time not many movies could impress me. If anything, I was always skeptical.
Every time someone asked me to watch a French movie I’d go, “Why am I being punished?”
Not that I didn’t like French films. I liked them. But not enough to want to watch them when offered, that is.
So one day my teacher wasn’t feeling well, and she asked the substitute teacher, who really did not know what to teach us, to put on “Intouchables” during class so that we the students would be entertained for a bit. I wasn’t keen on the idea, but then something wonderful happened: it was five minutes into the movie and I was hooked.
Omar Sy is magic. I remember I was so excited when I realized that he was starring. That man can say whatever and I will believe him.
So the story is of a billionaire Philippe (François Cluzet) who is quadriplegic and very proud. He hates people feeling sorry for him, and while he and his assistant are interviewing candidates of his caretaker, meets Driss (Omar Sy), a young man with no ambition and lacking compassion.
Philippe is interested in hiring Driss right away when he realizes that Driss is not someone who will treat him with pity. So he hires Driss in a trial period, in which both men discover bond and friendship of a lifetime.
Driss is comical. He has many questions for life and the upper class. Philippe is intrigued, and helps Driss find passion and interests. He is happy with the fact that Driss treats him more like a friend than someone to pity or look after.
The two men learn about relationships more than they think. They discover love and acceptance, and that is something that I as an audience love. The fact that this is based on a real story is also a winner. To imagine that this happened in real life is a plus for the audience.
This movie is not a cold wind slapping on your face kind of movie, but rather a nice, bubble, warm movie you can enjoy on a Friday night with friends and family.
It teaches us that people desire to be treated equally, both the disabled and the less privileged. Several times in the movie, Philippe’s friends question him on his decision to hire Driss. They think the young man is incapable, and more likely a criminal than a care taker.
Philippe refuses to see Driss that way, and sees him as a person to love and respect. And the way he accepts Driss has led to Driss’ opening up to Philippe.
The same way goes to Driss. To a lot of people, taking care of Philippe means a lot of dedication and hard work because they see Philippe as someone to pity. However, Driss sees Philippe the same way Philippe sees him: a person who is not more or less privileged, more or less capable, and definitely not someone to pity.
The two men find themselves accepted by each other, and this is what is so beautiful about Intouchables.
I give this movie an 8.5/10, and I don’t even remember how many times I’ve seen this movie. It’s so good I can watch it over and over again without getting bored.