Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Intouchables (2011)

IMDb plot summary: After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Starring Fran├žois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, and Audrey Fleurot.

Much of the time, inspirational movies based on true stories are really NOT my favorite, but this is a surprisingly engaging film. The characters are what drive it home for me -- they are vivid and likable and feel like real people. The interactions between the two leads are especially entertaining, with a pervading sense of humor that makes the whole movie feel friendly and light. Even when dramatic things happen, they're not particularly worrisome. It's not a particularly weighty screenplay, especially given what I expected, and it's great fun to watch.

3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #697 out of 2295, below Godzilla and above Signs.

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