You probably haven’t heard of Untouchable (Intouchables), but this French film has been taking box offices around Europe by storm and is finally coming to the UK on Friday 21st September.
The film tells the story of paraplegic millionaire Phillipe, played by François Cluzet, who employs a Senegal-born former convict Driss, played by Omar Sy, to be his carer. These two very different individuals become friends, despite their very different pasts.
The film was written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who were inspired by a true life story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his Algeria-born carer Abdel Sellou. Like the Philippe in the film, Philippe di Borgo, was left paralysed after a paragliding accident. Di Borgo also acted as a consultant on the film, which takes its name from the experience of feeling invisible, as is experienced by many disabled people.
Untouchable was nominated for nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, with Omar Sy taking the Best Actor award. So far this year it has taken $366m at the global box office, which puts it in the top 20 highest grossing films of 2012. These takings can only increase as it hasn’t opened yet in many major territories, including the UK, Australia and Latin America. The Guardian reports that Harvey Weinstein has already bought the rights to an English-language remake, which will star Colin Firth.
If you want to see what the fuss is about, watch the trailer below: