#7 Untouchable (Intouchables)

Untouchable (2011)

Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

My first cinema visit of 2013 was meant to be a good one… and it was!

Thanks to my big brother, I was brought up with foreign cinema, and never had a fear of subtitles. So, when I saw about Untouchable, a French film about the friendship between a disabled man and his carer, I was interested. This sort of narrative often has me cringing, as a topic that I have personal experience with, it is so rarely handled in a way that leaves me feeling satisfied. Thank goodness that this time it was essentially perfect!

I won’t delve into too much detail for fear of spoiling anything, suffice to say that the characters are deftly sketched, and then beautifully rounded thanks to fantastic acting, realistic dialogue, and a narrative that while somewhat forseeable, used the familiarity of parts of the storyline as a benefit to focus on the characters.

It has been publicised as ‘the most successful French film ever… even more than The Artist’, but this almost does the film a disservice, forget The Artist, forget it being French, above all this is a fantastic film with an uplifting story, well-told, brilliantly acted, beautifully shot.

If you want to watch something enjoyably uplifting and funny… Voila!

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