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Sep
14

Sponsored Video: THE INTOUCHABLES, Now Known as UNTOUCHABLE, Opens in the U.K.

A life-embracing caretaker (Omar Sy, center top) brings his paralyzed charge (Francois Cluzet) back into the world in UNTOUCHABLE.

A life-embracing caretaker (Omar Sy, center top) brings his paralyzed charge (Francois Cluzet) back into the world in UNTOUCHABLE.

So now it’s Britain’s turn and, curiously, we here at MMP in the U.S. get to let people know about it in this sponsored post.

The hit, life-affirming French comedy, THE INTOUCHABLES has already broken box-office records worldwide — making Harvey Weinstein here in the U.S. do the kind of happy dance that only Harvey Weinstein can do — and now gets a chance to warm the hearts of moviegoers in the United Kingdom, this time under the title UNTOUCHABLE, because life isn’t confusing enough.

The film — about a rich paraplegic who is recalled to life with the help of his Senegalese, ex-con caretaker — has caught a few knocks for its treatment of race, but even those who have raised objections are quick to concede its charms, particularly the performances by Francois Cluzet as the paralyzed millionaire and Omar Sy as his escape-route from despair.  Written and directed by the team of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the tale has prompted comparisons — good and ill — to DRIVING MISS DAISY, with Roger Ebert noting that the filmmakers, “are cheerfully willing to go for broad gags, and their style is ingratiating,” while The New York Times’ A.O. Scott says that, “its clumsy heart is somehow in the right place.” Given the level of tension coursing through the world at present, maybe a story, however fanciful, that makes us think better of the human condition is just what’s needed.

Check the sponsored video below to get a taste of UNTOUCHABLE.

Also check out UNTOUCHABLE’s official website,
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