We will meet at the Nova Restaurant from 3:30 onwards and catch up after the film for discussion, food and drinks, Stefan[masked].
"The Intouchables is full of little inspirational moments - the kinds of scenes that remind us how much joy can be found on a screen. Whether it's Driss and Philippe speeding down the highway while "September" is blaring on the stereo, Driss dancing up a storm at Philippe's stodgy birthday party, Driss acting as Philippe's barber, or Driss' reaction to his first opera, the movie is overflowing with wonderful moments. Humor and drama are well-balanced; things never get too maudlin but, although there are laughs, this is not a straightforward comedy. It respects the characters and their situations.
The Intouchables was a huge hit when it opened in France in November 2011. Not only did it do well at the box office, but it was nominated for nine Cesar Awards (won one: Omar Sy for Best Actor, beating out Cluzet among others). The Weinstein Company has elected to use it as "counterprogramming" for the big 2012 summer movies in the United States. This is the kind of film that can succeed in that role, offering a different, more subdued variety of pleasure from multiplex offerings. Most May and June releases are about action and special effects; The Intouchables is a notable exception and well worth seeing for that reason alone."