Based on a true story (also retold in the best-selling memoir You Saved My Life by Abdel Sellou (due for U.S. release in June)), The Intouchables (which translates to The Untouchable), written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, explores the bond that blossomed between the unlikeliest of friends – a quadriplegic French aristocrat living in a Parisian mansion, and a Senegalese man from the projects chosen to be his live-in care giver.
In The Intouchables, the fictional reincarnation of Abdel Sellou, Driss (Omar Sy), applies to be Phillipe’s (François Cluzet) primary care-giver, making the assumption he will be turned down and may simply continue to collect welfare. Being fresh out of prison, this seems the best idea for him at the time… but the plan takes an unexpected turn when Phillipe, tired of being treated like a medical novelty, decides that Driss’ edginess and lack of pity make him the perfect candidate for the position. Having not prepared for the offer of a one-month ‘trial period‘, Driss hesitantly accepts his new job, exposing both himself and the other helping staff in the household to unfamiliar ways of life.
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