Friendly touch

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

found es­cape from grim eco­nomic re­al­ity in In­touch­ables, a feel­good buddy movie about a quad­ri­plegic aris­to­crat and his black home-help that stormed the French box of­fice. Based on a true story, it stars Fran­cois C luzet as a wealthy quad­ri­plegic whose life is turned up­side down when he hires a wise­crack­ing young black man (Omar Sy) just out of prison, to take care of him. Billed as a feel­good buddy film that il­lus­trates the virtue of tol­er­ance and the power of friend­ship, the sur­prise hit also tack­les is­sues such as dis­abil­ity, prej­u­dice and the yawn­ing gap be­tween the haves and the have-nots of French so­ci­ety. Di­rected by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, In­touch­ables was in­spired by Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who was the boss of cham­pagne mak­ers Pom­mery when a paraglid­ing ac­ci­dent left him paral­ysed. He re­cruited a man of North African ori­gin, Abdel Sel­lou, to help look af­ter him and, against all the odds, an un­shake­able friend­ship was formed. Pozzo di Borgo, de­lighted at the fic­tional adaptation of his life, says In­touch­ables’ di­rec­tors have ‘‘achieved a state of grace’’. The film has made a star of Sy, now the most prom­i­nent black ac­tor in a coun­try where most lead­ing film stars are white.

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