Philippe is fabulously rich and a quadriplegic. He needs care 24/7.
Driss just wants to get his unemployment benefits. Copping an attitude and a priceless collectible eggs, in a job interview he demands Philippe's people sign his papers so he can leave. He's obviously unqualified, but that merciless mercenary mentality gets him the gig.
From there two outstanding actors -- Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet -- and writers/directors Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano break every feel-good movie rule on the planet.
And you won't care.
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As individuals, both men are flawed. Philippe is insecure, angry and educated. Driss confused, conflicted and a criminal. Together they're a force. Each connects with the other like they have never connected with anyone. The friendship is fast and -- based on a true story -- unforgettable.
Side stories also feature interesting characters that connect the two men.
Sy and Cluzet give the two best male performances of the year. Cluzet will remind you of a young Dustin Hoffman in both looks and acting skill. You'll swear Cluzet really is a quadriplegic. He slips in just one scene. Sy matches him scene for scene. He's charismatic with a killer smile and an easy, natural delivery.
This subtitled French flick is -- to date -- the year's best movie. Start tossing adjectives. Uplifting. Inspiring. Heartwarming. You may even want to bring a hanky. Or two. The Intouchables is that good. And -- heavy sigh -- while I hate using what seems like cliche, all of the adjectives just listed.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Directors: Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano
Stars: Omar Sy, Francois Cluzet
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.