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BEST OF THE FEST
Monday, January 14, 4:00 PM
Palm Springs Regal 9
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France, 2011, 112 Minute Running Time
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French English Sub-Titles
Awards: Winner: Best Actor (Omar Sy), César Awards (France); Best European Film, David di Donatello Awards
France’s biggest international hit ever (at $370 million and counting – it has grossed three times what The Artist did), Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s immensely entertaining odd-couple tale dissects issues of class and race and ignited a national re-examination of liberté, égalité and fraternité at home. But its unprecedented success is much more easily explained – the film is utterly irresistible on all levels.
Born and bred in the poor suburbs of Paris, young ex-con Driss (Omar Sy, electric) backs into a job as minder for the rich, middle-aged quadriplegic Philippe (François Cluzet). Driss is black and under-educated; Philippe and the world he inhabits are very white and sophisticated to a fault. As a warm, funny and genuinely moving friendship develops, Driss’s energy and can-do spirit open Philippe’s eyes to future possibilities while Philippe’s love of art and music finds an enthusiastic student in the ebullient Driss. Anchored by fantastic work from both Sy and Cluzet and brightened by an unfashionable optimism, The Intouchables is both a welcome tonic and pure cinematic pleasure.
Winner: Best Actor (Sy), César Awards
DIRECTOR: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Producer: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun
Editor: Dorian Rigal-Ansous
Screenwriter: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Cinematographer: Mathieu Vadepied
Music: Ludovico Einaudi
Principal Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Clotide Mollet, Adurey Fleurot
Filmography: Tellement proches (2009), Those Happy Days (2006), Je préfère qu'on reste amis (2005)
Print Source: The Weinstein Company - http://www.weinsteinco.com