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European Movie Night: The Intouchables - France, 2011

Event Type
Film Screening
European Union Center
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building (map)
Sep 10, 2013   5:00 pm  
(217) 265-7515
Originating Calendar
European Union Center Events

Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a millionaire who was paralyzed from the neck down in a para-gliding accident. Driss (Omar Sy) is a man out on parole for robbery, who applies for the job of Philippe's caregiver only so he can be rejected and get a signature on his application for unemployment benefits. As Philippe interviews one boring job applicant after another, we begin to understand that he needs not only physical help but someone to cheer him up. Driss' cheeky irreverence is refreshing, and Philippe astonishes him and his own household staff by offering him the job.

The movie tells the story of a growing relationship between these two likable men, based on Driss' confidence that Philippe will improve if he escapes his stuck-up lifestyle and samples the greater freedoms of an immigrant from Africa.

The film was an enormous box-office hit in France. In French with English subtitles.

"The Intouchables." Web. 16 July 2013.

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