"The Intouchables" in theatres June 1st, 2012 [fr]
Directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, The Intouchables is a story about Philippe, a rich aristocrat, who becomes quadriplegic from a paragliding accident. Paralyzed, Philippe hires a Driss, a young man from the projects who has just been released from prison as his live-in caretaker. In short, the least suited person for the job. Together, they manage to make opposing forces coexist : Vivaldi and Earth Wind and Fire, suits and sweatpants… Two universes collide and give birth to a friendship as crazy, funny, and powerful as unexpected, a unique relationship that sends sparks flying and makes them… Intouchables !
This story is inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (author of the book Le Second Souffle), a quadriplegic since 1993, and his relationship with Abdel Yasmin Sellou, his live-in caretaker, whose roles are played by François Cluzet et Omar Sy, respectively. Omar Sy won the César (the national film award in France equivalent to the Oscars) for Best Actor in 2012 for playing Driss in The Intouchables . The film was nominated for 8 Césars in 2012 and also won the People’s Choice Award at the Outaouais Film Festival in Quebec and the Los Angeles Film Critics Special Award at the City of Lights, City of Angels (COL-COA) Festival in Los Angeles.
With a total of 20 million tickets sold in France and 18.5 million abroad (as of May 2012), The Intouchables is a definite hit in France and internationally and is becoming the third most successful French-language film in the world since 1990, following Amélie (23 million seats sold) and March of the Penguins (20 million seats sold). It was the most watched film in France in 2011 and the third most watched of all time behind James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and Dany Boon’s Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (2008).
After a pre-screening in Toronto on Monday, May 14, 2012, directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano took questions from captivated audience members.
In theatres in Toronto as of June 1, 2012.