We had heard through the grapevine that Intouchables was a must-see at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  So we sent Chad out to investigate.  Here is what he had to say….

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chad austin, guest blogger for film reviews

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ABOUT CHAD

“Coffee drinking, cat loving, beach born, desert raised, screenwriter.

My muses go by the names of Natalie Noel and Josephine Rose.

My influences come from my friends, family, heartache, life, Jim Morrison, Charlie Kaufman, and most of all Love.

Film is a place to get lost, for an average of two hours nothing matters but what is shining off a bright wall in a dark room.” – C.A.

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Intouchables

a film review by Chad Austin

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“In all things that are mysterious—never explain”
– H.P. Lovecraft

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The film opens in a car speeding through the streets of Paris at after dark. Very casually the two gentlemen in the speeding sports car acknowledge that their joy ride has turned into a high-­‐speed chase and begin to place a wager on whether the driver can lose the tail. The unpredictable aspect of the 0ilm quickly fades out as the opening credits roll and the 0ilm begins, this and a list full of clichés in this culture clash buddy picture would normally leave something to be desired but the uplifting nature was far too intoxicating to be dismissed.

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The 0ilm tells the true story of a wealthy, quadriplegic risk taker, a symbol of established French wealth, who lost his wife in an accident and his world is turned upside-­‐down when he hires a young, good-­‐humored, ex-­‐con as his caretaker.

Omar Sy plays the caretaker with a troubled past known as Driss, there isn’t enough good things that can be said about his performance. Truly inspiring with a smile and wit that leaves you grinning throughout the 0ilm and the only reason you realize this is because your cheeks start to hurt. François Cluzet (who looks insanely similar to Dustin Hoffman) plays Phillipe the wealthy quadriplegic, who potently conveys a portrait of regret and repression and struggles his way into a mind set opposite of the body that con0ines him.

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This 0ilm is already a huge success in Europe and that will translate well into the states. A de0inite crowd pleaser of a 0ilm, so much that even when the story brings you down into the harsh realities of Driss and Phillipe’s separate lives it is sure to lift you back up ten fold in the coming scenes. A delightfully infectious roller-­‐coaster of a buddy picture with unmistakable clichés that can be overlooked because the 0ilm lingers an overall sense of good as you walk out of the cinema. 

 

  

 – Chad Austin, for The Coachella Valley Art Scene

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Intouchables’s IMDB Page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/