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Intouchables | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, 2011
France | Format: DCP | 112 minutes
Opening Night! In person: Eric Tolenado, Olivier Nakache and François Cluzet.
An unprecedented box-office phenomenon in France, where it shattered records to become the second most successful French film of all time, The Intouchables tells the fact-based story of the unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire and his unconventional Senegalese caretaker. Paralyzed from the neck down in a paragliding accident, Philippe (Tell No One star François Cluzet) has grown weary of the pitying attentions of his live-in help. So he hires Driss (Omar Sy, in a breakout performance), a recently paroled convict who only applied for the job in order to continue receiving his welfare payments. Gradually, these two men from very different worlds grow close, sharing in the joy and pain of each other’s lives in this hilarious and heartwarming crowd-pleaser from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.