Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Intouchables at IFC Center


A smash in France, where it had the second-highest box office total of any film in history, Intouchables is one of the highlights of this year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, taking place at IFC, BAM, and Lincoln Center. Director-writers Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano decided to tackle the story of the relationship between a wealthy, crochety quadriplegic and his free-spirited caretaker after seeing a documentary about the pair late one night on television. Philippe Pozzo di Borgo agreed to have the filmmakers fictionalize the story, on one condition: they turn it into a comedy. Sure, the result ignores such realities as class differences, condenses a ten-year relationship into about 12 months, and sometimes relies on stereotypes, but that's often what comedies do. And this one is funny, really funny.

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4 comments:

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

Seeing as you two alerted me to Heartbreaker, which I adored, I am going to have to check this one out too. I definitely trust your judgement when it comes to French comedies!

Jess + Garrett said...

The pressure's on! Hope you like it (think it gets released here in late May, if you don't make it to IFC).

Shawn said...

Was just about to comment on this but see that my better half beat me to it. Looking forward to checking this out!

Jess and Garrett said...

Thanks, Shawn!

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