Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Intouchables (2011)

Director(s): Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano. Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot. 112 min. Rated R. France. Drama.

A few days ago on Paper Moon, I complained: "Why don't they make movies like this anymore?" Well, here's one of "those" movies. A character-driven film based on a beautiful true story. A white paraplegic zillionaire and a black male nurse from the streets form a relationship so captivating, after awhile you're not sure who is nurturing whom. The mesmerizing opening sequence (with the Earth, Wind, & Fire music) will have you hooked, and after that, you want to cruise through their interaction forever. Another shame for this year's Oscars: this wasn't even nominated in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.

PS: Shahriar and Ali S., thank you for the recommendation.

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