Two men from widely divergent backgrounds form a deep bond that changes them forever. One is a small-time thief from the projects; the other's a rich paraplegic.
Both actors play off each other well, showing their impatience and frustration in a series of wonderfully edited vignettes. Driss (Sy) has an open exuberance that is contagious, and he learns the meaning of responsibility from Philippe (Cluzet) just as Philippe rediscovers pleasure in the smallest of things.
Sy's breakout performance earned him a well-deserved César Award,France'sown version of the Oscar.
There are similarities here to other buddy/opposites stereotypes found in "Scent of a Woman" or even "Trading Places." But the movie feels fresh in spite of the clichés and the glossing over of serious health issues.
"The Intouchables" embraces life without asking for our pity.
The story might be based on a children's fairytale, but make no mistake:
Charlize Theron is outstanding as the evil queen Ravenna. She oozes wicked intent at every turn.
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SUSANNE PEREZ lives in Costa Mesa and is an executive assistant for a company in Irvine.