Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Intouchables (2011) - Drama in real life.
I always like “Movies based on real life incidences” and this one – we end up loving totally. I am a little biased towards those movies – which start with a car and this one has a Maserati driven by a Black as there is no tomorrow with a Tetraplegic on co-drivers seat – they are racing cause they had a bet of $100 – if the black could beat the cops. What happens next is and followed by an awesome chemistry between two guys, who are as different as chalk and cheese in real life but they get so used to each other that its hard to separate them. It’s a heart warming story (that too real) of a Tetraplegic – someone who couldn’t move his body below the neck but is super rich with no wife and just a teenage daughter. The Black guy has no life either, he is poor with a big family to support – how they come to each others rescue that too just by chance and how they change each others life – big time – is simply awesome watch. One hell of a movie that I will never forget for quite a long time. This is a must watch for all who love Drama’s in real life. I bet you are going to love it for more than one reason.
The Movie: Based on a real life story and on a book titled “You changed my life” by Abdel Sellou. It’s an amazing story of a rich Tetraplegic and his live-in help. Driss is a poor black man with no life, he just came out of prison serving six months and his family is in dire need of his support to survive with half a dozen kids and a single mother. He is least interested in working and is looking forward to survive on his welfare benefit paid by the government if you do not end up getting a job. He visits Philippe the protagonist’s house for an interview as he knows he isn’t going to make it anyways. Somehow Philippe likes him even after being advised otherwise by all the people around including his lawyer – he hires Driss on a two week trial. They both hit it off quite well even after their own differences. Its quite comic to see Driss in his new life as he gets a plus room with an attached toilet to live in Philippe’s mansion and gets to drive his Maserati as well. He flirts openly with all his lady care takers including his private assistant who is quite a beautiful blonde. He is actually a free spirited guy with a heart of gold. He does take care of Philippe as well and keeps him relaxed and happy all the time. They often go out, drink, smoke, drive, listen to music etc. Their chemistry is the best part of the movie.
Some Important Scenes: There are so many damn good scenes in the movie which will be etched in my memory for quite a long time. For one the scene where Driss tries to make a masterpiece after he realizes that Philippe is an art collector and he ends up buying a painting worth 40 grand which according to Driss isn’t worth a tenth of the same. What and how he makes and the final out come of his painting is hilarious to see. How he behaves with people around the house and Philippe’s daughter and friends is a totally hilarious. I will never forget the opera scene – rocking it is. They become a very important part of each others life knowing that they would not be together for their entire life. Philippe has a “Pen Friend” for quite a while and Driss convinces him to call and meet her. What happens next is – you gotta watch the movie for. How they change each others life and end up finally is heartening / heart warming and totally awesome. Movies like this are so enlightening to say the least – they actually make you feel blessed and love your life in a new way. And thank god for the life we are living. There is so much in this movie that its hard to explain and put it all in writing. The Para-gliding scene, First time when Driss gets the room and jumps on the bed, the wheel chair scene, Philippe’s birthday party scene and Music, massage scenes etc. Even the background music of the whole movie is too good – the songs that play in the background are totally awesome.