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The Intouchables -- 'The Intouchables' tells the true story of a quadriplegic aristocrat whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored ex-con as his caretaker.
The Intouchables -- After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.
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Writers:
Olivier Nakache (written by)
Eric Toledano (written by)
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Release Date:
2 November 2011 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own. See more »
Plot:
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 33 wins & 37 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

François Cluzet ... Philippe

Omar Sy ... Driss
Anne Le Ny ... Yvonne

Audrey Fleurot ... Magalie
Joséphine de Meaux ... La DRH société de courses
Clotilde Mollet ... Marcelle
Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi ... Elisa (as Alba Gaïa Bellugi)
Cyril Mendy ... Adama
Salimata Kamate ... Fatou
Absa Diatou Toure ... Mina
Grégoire Oestermann ... Antoine
Dominique Daguier ... Amie de Philippe
François Caron ... Ami de Philippe
Christian Ameri ... Albert
Thomas Solivéres ... Bastien - dit le Plumeau (as Thomas Soliveres)
Dorothée Brière ... Eléonore (as Dorothée Briere Meritte)
Marie-Laure Descoureaux ... Femme de chambre
Emilie Caen ... Galeriste
Sylvain Lazard ... Nouvel auxiliaire 1

Jean-François Cayrey ... Nouvel auxiliaire 2
Ian Fenelon ... Candidat
Renaud Barse ... Candidat
François Bureloup ... Candidat
Nicky Marbot ... Policier
Benjamin Baroche ... Policier
Jérôme Pauwels ... Voisin mal garé
Antoine Laurent ... Voisin mal garé
Fabrice Mantegna ... Chanteur opéra
Hedi Bouchenafa ... Garagiste (as Hédi Bouchenafa)
Caroline Bourg ... Fred
Michel Winogradoff ... Serveur des Deux Magots
Kévin Wamo ... Ami Driss
Elliot Latil ... Lycéen
Alain Anthony ... Pilote parapente
Dominique Henry ... Pilote parapente
Le Capriccio Français ... Orchestra player
Dirige par Philippe Le Fevre ... Orchestra player (as Dirigé par Philippe Le Fevre)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pierre-Laurent Barneron ... Majordome (uncredited)
Philippe Pozzo di Borgo ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Abdel Sellou ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Olivier Nakache 
Eric Toledano 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivier Nakache  written by
Eric Toledano  written by

Produced by
Arnaud Bertrand .... associate producer
Dominique Boutonnat .... associate producer
Hubert Caillard .... associate producer
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky .... producer (as Nicolas Duval Adassovsky)
Laurent Sivot .... line producer
Laurent Zeitoun .... producer
Yann Zenou .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ludovico Einaudi 
 
Cinematography by
Mathieu Vadepied (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorian Rigal-Ansous 
 
Casting by
Gigi Akoka  (as Gigi Akoka - A.R.D.A.)
 
Production Design by
François Emmanuelli 
 
Art Direction by
Mathieu Vadepied 
 
Set Decoration by
Olivia Bloch-Lainé 
 
Costume Design by
Isabelle Pannetier 
 
Makeup Department
Elisa Costa .... makeup artist
Catherine Duplan .... key hair stylist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Alice Robert .... makeup artist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Aurélien Brie .... extra assistant unit manager
Valérie Comet .... extra assistant unit manager
Matthieu Dessagne .... assistant unit manager
Damien Gayrard .... additional assistant unit manager (as Damien Gayrad)
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production supervisor
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Matthias Hibon .... extra assistant unit manager
Benjamin Journet .... extra assistant unit manager
Karine Lagny .... assistant production manager
Frédéric Maendly .... assistant unit manager
Vincent Piant .... unit manager (as Vincent Piant - A.F.R.)
Olivier Rohde .... production manager: paragliding & mountain unit
Laurent Simon .... assistant unit manager
Laurent Sivot .... production manager
Gregory Valmir .... assistant unit manager (as Grégory Valmir)
Robin Welch .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mohamed Belhamar .... assistant director
Benjamin Bouhana .... assistant assistant director
César Chabrol .... assistant assistant director
Héléna Cotinier .... crowd assistant director
Julie Duhayot .... second assistant director
Hervé Ruet .... first assistant director
Isabelle Vossart .... location scout: paragliding shooting
 
Art Department
Gabriel Botcherby .... assistant art director
Nicolas Decaux .... carpenter
Maëlys Deschard .... assistant art director (as Marie-Maëlys Deschard)
Frédéric Pesquer .... tapestry
Charles Rempenault .... assistant art director
Fred Remuzat .... storyboard artist
Christine Teulier .... property master
 
Sound Department
Pascal Armant .... sound recordist
Jérémy Babinet .... foley editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Julien Gonnord .... additional boom operator
Julien Gonnord .... adr boom operator
Jean Goudier .... sound editor
Fabrice Grizard .... boom operator
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Victor Loeillet .... assistant sound editor
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Johann Nallet .... adr mixer
Johann Nallet .... foley mixer
Johann Nallet .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Teurlai Aurelien .... visual effects
Laurent Brett .... title designer
Vautey Frédérique .... visual effects
Bellarosa Johannes .... visual effects
Jeanne Loyer .... visual effects
Pénélope Van de Cave .... visual effects
Pènèlope Vandecave .... visual effects
Frédérique Vautey .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunt coordinator
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt driver
Julien Piguet .... stunt driver
Alexandre Rambure .... stunt driver
Patrick Ronchin .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... additional steadicam operator
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip: second unit
Simon Beaufils .... additional camera operator
Fabrice Bismuth .... additional first assistant camera
Sébastien Courtain .... chief electrician
Patrick de Ranter .... steadicam operator
Marine Delcourt .... assistant camera: specific segment
Vincent Doignon .... additional assistant camera
Vincent Doignon .... additional digital assistant camera
Marine Goujet .... second assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Jay .... russian arm camera operator
Malek Krimed .... second assistant camera
Eden Lagaly-Faynot .... additional assistant camera
Mathieu Lamand .... second assistant camera
Océane Lavergne .... additional camera operator
Océane Lavergne .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Frédéric Loustalot .... electrician
Jonathan Ly .... grip
Lara Perrotte .... assistant camera (as Perrotte Lara)
Lara Perrotte .... video operator (as Perrotte Lara)
Luc Poullain .... helicopter pilot: camera
Giovanni Quéné .... grip
Edgar Raclot .... grip: second unit
Michel Sabourdy .... gaffer
Antoine Sanier .... first assistant camera
Olivier Sargatal .... electrician
François Tille .... key grip
Guilhem Touzery .... additional camera assistant
Thierry Valletoux .... poster photographer
Thierry Valletoux .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Mohamed Belhamar .... extras casting assistant
Liv Charpentier .... casting
Ophélie Gelber .... casting assistant (as Ophélie)
Florence Loubeau .... extras casting assistant
Marie-France Michel .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laetitia Bouix .... costumer
Ariane Daurat .... additional wardrobe
Muriel Legrand .... wardrobe
Paulette Ribot .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Barbara Albucher .... digital intermediate project manager
Ana Antunes .... post-production assistant
Antoine Battistelli .... assistant editor
Arnaud Caréo .... on-line editor
Jean-Baptiste Combette .... digital dailies manager
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Christian Dutac .... color timer: LTC
Natacha Louis .... colorist
Fabien Napoli .... dailies color grader
 
Music Department
Le Capriccio Français .... orchestra
Nicolas Duport .... music recording engineer
Philippe Le Fevre .... conductor
 
Other crew
Dina Arbib .... production administrator
Eliott Brunet .... business affairs
Ghislaine Cauet-Martinotto .... production coordinator
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Mathias Duhayer .... unit production assistant
Scarlett Garson .... production coordinator
Helene Karson .... assistant to producers
Jérôme Lament .... digital marketing
Florian Lapôtre .... digital marketing
Celine Laumord .... legal affairs
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photgrapher
Ilona Marcus .... production intern
Alexis Oros .... runner
Fabien Pondevaux .... location scout
Thomas Vaudour .... head of business affairs
Nathalie Vierny .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Nathalie Beder .... thanks
Audrey Dana .... thanks
Isabelle De La Patetlliere .... thanks
Bertand Delaire .... thanks
Antoine Jeanlant .... thanks
Doriam Jeanpap .... thanks
Hédi Klai .... thanks
Thomas Langmann .... thanks
Fredo Tole .... thanks
Mathieu Vadepied .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Intouchables" - France (original title)
"Untouchable" - Europe (English title) (festival title), UK (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some drug use
Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 RimbaudSee more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Driss is first learning how to care for Philippe, we learn that Philippe can't sit upright by himself. However, the strap that is used to hold Philippe upright in his wheelchair sits so low on his waist that it couldn't possibly support his torso.See more »
Quotes:
Driss:[after listening to classical music] We listened to your classics. Now it's time to listen to mine.
[plays Earth Wind & Fire]
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Le vol du BourdonSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on a book?
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230 out of 250 people found the following review useful.
Touché ..., 17 January 2012
Author: ElMaruecan82 from France

In less than two months, "Untouchable" became the second most successful French film by number of spectators, such an event by itself that people went then to see it, not because they thought it was good but to see what was so good in it: that's the virtual circle of success.

My biggest disappointment in 2011 was with "The Tree of Life", a movie I sincerely wanted to love but couldn't, and I left the theater before it ended with a bitter taste of frustration. Proportionally, my greatest positive surprise came with "Untouchable" because it was the opposite expectation: I was sure I would dislike it, figuring the movie manipulated viewers through the overused device of the improbable friendship. Why such preconceived negativity? Well, when a young black guy from French suburbs, darkly depicted in Mathieu Kassovitz 'Hate' and infamous for its occasional riots, befriends a rich quadriplegic, I immediately think of 'good feelings', 'mainstream populism' … unaware that I apply to myself a cynical judgment that can undermine my very way to enjoy not just this film, but any film. After all, why getting ready for hatred when it's so relieving to give the benefit of the doubt and get ready for appreciation? Especially since more than 15 millions of French people, from different ages and backgrounds liked it.

So, I saw it … and loved it.

The story of "Untouchable" is the kind of unintentional masterpiece that only movies can provide every once in a while, it has no other pretension than to depict a magnificent and inspiring friendship story starting as a simple job. A young man with a Senegalese background, Omar Sy as Driss, only needs a signature to prove that he attended an interview for a live-in carer job. For some strange reason, Paul, the rich man, played by a wonderful François Cluzet, gives him the job, with a one-month trial period. The reason of this choice is smoothly handled by the script: the film starts with all the job applicants, every one of them unnaturally posing and getting mixed in prepared answers. Then, Driss casually enters, without waiting for his turn or knocking on the door, he's got enough problems to deal with, unemployment, an experience in jail, being a pariah for society, and undesirable even in his own family, especially her adoptive aunt. Driss' attitude pleases Paul, because after his paragliding accident, he can't feel his body from neck to toes, and needs caring almost 24 hours per days and 7 days per week, so he really doesn't have time for bullshit either.

And this is a remarkable aspect in the script written by the two directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache: it doesn't waste time cementing the friendship, the two leads rapidly get fond of each other, a feeling illustrated in the poster with both posing with natural smiles. The film shows Omar's struggle to learn how 'needy' Paul is, which provides some priceless comedic moments, but "Untouchable" goes immediately to the core, an eye-opening message about the life endured by a handicapped person, making all the wealth in the world pointless and the richness of heart and mind, priceless. Through Driss and Paul's interaction, the film explores the real needs of people in life, respect and understanding, acceptance and love. Maybe if it was handled by other directors, it would have been predictable but in "Untouchable", the complicity between the two heroes feels absolutely real. There's one scene when Driss shave the bushy beard of Paul,… well, I won't spoil it for you, but the part was a clever mix of realism and comedy because anyone would have done what Driss did at one moment, and that's the secret of the film: it feels real.

Some movies can work with a good story but they need good performances, in "Untouchable", it's almost impossible to determine who carried the film, both Cluzet and Sy were great. And I don't get the complaints: why they didn't respect the original story where the carer was an Arab, or how they 'sugarcoated' the handicap? I even heard that in America, they were accusing the film of racism because Driss was portrayed as a sort of (I quote) 'helper monkey'? Seriously, this is getting old …The way handicap is approached never flirts with an exaggerated pathos, nor the opposite, which is the most intelligent achievement. There's a sort of heart's intelligence in the way Omar teases Cluzet with his own handicap, and the film provides the extraordinary message that pleasure and thrills have unlimited media, whether they come from pot, an ear-massage or even paragliding.

Many of Paul's friends criticizes the presence of Driss in Paul's life, but Paul doesn't care: Omar is a man full of life, big, tall and strong, and when he uses violence to teach a man the respect of a parking sign, Paul admits this is the right method. Both are in the same wavelength. I wondered if the title "Untouchable" referred to the lowest caste in India, echoing the two men's conditions, both outcasts physically and socially, but I guess, their relationship evolves into a friendship precisely because they're both strong-minded, and together, they become even stronger, until getting untouchables ... in the noblest meaning of the word.

There are real people in "Untouchable", nothing works as plot devices even if some situations are so cinematically appealing: Omar inviting everybody to dance during Paul's birthday, his learning of the aristocratic world, the art of abstract painting, and the way he breaks the conventions with an unconventional charisma reaches a level of energetic comedy that reminds of the greatest days of Eddie Murphy, with Cluzet as a perfect straight-man not deprived from a sense of humor. "Untouchable" is simply an inspiring story of friendship with whatever defines this beautiful virtue.

And yes, it's one of the best French films ever, and certainly one of the best of 2011.

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