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Monday, 19 May 2014

Can't Touch This

Intouchables is a delightful and surprising drama starring the ever excellent Francois Cluzet and the conquering presence that is Omar Sy. Unlike so many difficult-to-watch and hard-to-love dramas dealing with the subject of physical disability, ‘Untouchable’ handles the central theme with a belligerent acceptance that is far more relatable than the worthy wringing of hands that is often the adopted technique. The direction of the film’s writers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano is assured, with hardly a missed step, and they explore many interesting and novel ways to cast light on the protagonist Cluzet's difficult situation. Sy is a revelation, a fireball of energy and charm, and both are impossible not to root for straight from the gripping opening sequence. For those who think they don't like 'foreign' films, this would be the perfect introduction.

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