The Coincidental Critic

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The Intouchables (SPOILERS)

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“The Intouchables” was an absolutely amazing film.

The creative team made a smart choice in putting the car chase scene as the opening of the film.  Right away, it grabbed my interest.  What was going on?  After discovering why they were driving so recklessly, it added humor to the film, set the tone, and provided insight into the characters and their relationship.

I loved the musical score composed by pianist, Ludovico Einaudi.  It was different from most film scores in that it was backed by a single piano rather than a full orchestra.  The music was simple, yet melodic.  It was absolutely beautiful and set the tone for the piece- profound, yet playful.  I noticed the music as soon as the film started, right in the first scene during the car chase.  In this particular scene, the piano runs were bright and melodic, which made the atmosphere positive and exciting.

The presence/absence of character development can make or break a film for me.  But I didn’t have to worry about that when it came to “The Intouchables;”  It was saturated with character development.

Omar Sy stole the show.  He played Driss, a troubled young man who helped a disabled man rediscover joy in his life.  Sy’s performance was very natural; he became the character.  Sy portrayed Driss through an array of emotions: joy, fear, worry, guilt, and love.  Not to mention, Driss smile was absolutely contagious.  I was drawn to him.  Yes, he was flawed, but he was also genuine.  Sy made me fall in love with a character I wouldn’t normally fall in love with.

I loved seeing Driss’ character development.  He went from this lost, struggling young man to a loyal and selfless companion and friend.  I loved watching him grow closer to the other staff; he became a part of the family.  It was also interesting to see Driss discover more about himself, such as his talent for painting.

François Cluzet who played Philippe was just as talented as Sy.  He had the difficulty of playing a character who was paralyzed from the neck down, so all his physical acting had to be done using only his face.  Cluzet expressed an array of emotions simply by moving his facial muscles.  And while most actors would exaggerate these, making the character’s facial expressions more cartoonish than natural, Cluzet did not fall victim to this.  His face told 1000 words.

Philippe developed as well as Driss. He learned to give in to the limitations of his disease and trust in love again.

Everyone needs to watch “The Intouchables.”  It will make you laugh.  It will make you cry.  And most importantly, it would make you appreciative.

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