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The Intouchables (2011)
"Intouchables" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  2 November 2011 (France)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Le Ny ...
Joséphine de Meaux ...
La DRH société de courses
Clotilde Mollet ...
Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi ...
Elisa (as Alba Gaïa Bellugi)
Cyril Mendy ...
Salimata Kamate ...
Absa Diatou Toure ...
Grégoire Oestermann ...
Dominique Daguier ...
Amie de Philippe
François Caron ...
Ami de Philippe
Christian Ameri ...
Thomas Solivéres ...
Bastien - dit le Plumeau (as Thomas Soliveres)


In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One man brought a family together...and changed their lives forever. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Intouchables  »

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Box Office


€9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$103,507 (USA) (25 May 2012)


$13,179,837 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poems / extracts used are from "Poemes a Lou" by Guillaume Apollinaire, "Les Fleurs du Mal - Piece XXVII" by Charles Baudelaire and "La Vierge Folle" in "Ube Saison en enfer" by Arthur Rimbaud See more »


In short scene where tailors are measuring Driss for new suit, Philippe and Driss exchange few words while Philippes both feet (or legs) are moving shortly up and down even tho' he is quadriplegic. See more »


Philippe: My true disability is not having to be in a wheel chair. It's having to be without her.
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Crazy Credits

5% of the profits from the film will be donated to the Association Simon of Cyrene - 15 rue de Suffren - 75015 Paris whose purpose is to create shared living spaces for disabled adults and friends. See more »


References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


You're Goin' Miss Your Candyman
(Terry Callier (as Terrence Callier)/Phyllis Braxton)
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User Reviews

One of the Most Unique and Beautiful Friendships ever Committed to Film
27 November 2011 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Do not look at this through the prism of "Foreign Films". You'd be wasting your time and miss something far too important.

Hollywood does scale like nobody else, leaving the competition gasping in its wake. France does intimacy, and brutality. Nothing is sacred. And rather than try to revive the New Wave or emulate Hollywood like most widely seen French films of late, "Intouchables" harnesses its core strengths - ease with intimacy, willingness to ridicule anything and brutal honesty - and delivers one of the funniest, most honest and touching films I have ever seen.

Sy is a failed robber, going through the motions and playing the stereotypical jobless émigré. Cluzet is a romantic and melancholy mind trapped in a useless body. The circumstances that bring them together are too funny to spoil here, but meet they do, and an awkward relationship quickly blossoms as they bring out the best in each other.

The film's simplicity is delightfully misleading: the script is a masterpiece of comedy writing, and however good the rest of the cast is, the central duo is magical. Sy's comic timing will have you in stitches, but it is his honesty and vulnerability that make you fall in love with the character. Cluzet isn't your typical sad-sack, instead, much of the finest pleasures in the film consist in watching him use his keen mind to mess with the world around him (a subplot about an abstract painting really takes the biscuit, you'll know it when you see it).

This is one of the most unique, beautiful and honest friendships ever committed to film. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry... a delightful celebration of everything in life that makes it worthwhile.

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