Just saw a fantastic 2011 French film “Intouchables” playing at the Crossroads Grand Cinema, 4811 E. Grant Rd., as part of their Reel Arts 6 series.
“Intouchables” is basically about love and humor. It’s in French with English subtitles, and has been the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time in France.
A wealthy aristocratic French widower Philippe is hiring a male aide, and along comes Black Muslim Driss, just wanting his “benefit” papers signed.
Philippe suffered a tragic paragliding accident and became a quadriplegic. His wife was ill and has died, and he misses her a lot. One wonders if Philippe has much to live for.
Driss is mostly homeless, an ex-con (served 6 months for robbery) but very physically strong and alert. He’s originally from Senegal, and has been adopted by an aunt in France, who is a widowed cleaning lady overburdened with children. The actor Omar Sy who portrays Driss is also half-Senegalese.
Phiilippe takes a chance in hiring him, which is based on a true, very heartwarming story. Driss is funny, candid, personable, and a budding artist on the side. The two (employer-employee) become friends and Driss helps disabled Philippe laugh again. The scenes of Philippe’s face lighting up made this an amazingly touching movie. There is no other way to physically express himself in this movie and the actor Francois Cluzet does a fine job with his facial expressions and voice.
View the trailer online of this comedy and go see this movie. You will be touched.
More info about Grand Cinemas, go to www.movievalue.com, for show times & ticket prices, or call 520-327-7067 for the recording at the Crossroads Theatre.