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Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

2011, in French with English subtitles

France

112 minutes

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FIVE FUNNY FRENCH FILMS

Untouchable

Intouchables

TICKETS FOR THIS FILM ARE SOLD OUT  Based on wealthy businessman Philippe Pozzo di Borgo’s memoir recounting his paragliding accident that left him a quadriplegic, art house cinema star François Cluzet (Tell No One) plays the handicapped millionaire who develops an unlikely friendship with  his hot-headed, uninhibited Algerian caregiver (Omar Sy, dubbed “the French Eddie Murphy,” in a breakout role). Shattering box office records in France, Untouchable has been saluted for revolutionizing how French society views itself – and has been optioned for an American remake by Harvey Weinstein. The film is a rare, positive story of the banlieue (areas of low-income apartments and social housing on the outskirts of town) and has been hailed as a masterpiece – the buoyant humor has even been compared to the films of Frank Capra.

“In France we’re used to popular homegrown French comedy, specific French gags and easy laughs. This is very Anglo-Saxon slapstick, a humor which is both absurd and subtle, something which is working more and more in France today.” – Premiere (France)

Trailer in French below.