The latter is a violent mob flick from 1987. The Intouchables, on the other hand, is a heart-warming tale from France about an unlikely friendship.
Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a rich man who has been paralysed in an accident, hires Driss (Omar Sy), a poor, young African, to be his caregiver. What begins as an employee-employer relationship soon develops into a fun and bulletproof friendship.
Music plays a major role in the film. Musical taste is a symbolic divide among the classes. Driss enjoys modern music while Philippe, true to his aristocratic background, is infatuated by classical. Yet in one of the more telling scenes, Philippe opens up and embraces Earth, Wind & Fire, as the pair cruise the streets of Paris, bobbing their heads without a care in the world.
We have much to learn from the film. The strong message of the need for acceptance despite our differences is poignant.
However, The Intouchables won't incite changes in government policies. Nor will it change your life. But it charms with its humanism, wit and memorable performances.
Surprise, surprise, a Hollywood remake is now in the works.
YP Rating: 4/5