The French Film That Almost Got an Oscar Nom

Untouchable, the comedy drama directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, soared to international success when it hit cinemas last November. It quickly became the most popular French film since the cult hitAmélie. France was appalled when it wasn’t nominated for best foreign film for this year’s Oscars.

It’s the story of the unlikely friendship that develops between quadriplegic millionaire Philippe (François Cluzet) and his new caregiver, Driss (Omar Sy), an intelligent and engaging character who has recently spent time in prison for petty crimes. The two characters find themselves bonding over a shared sense of social exclusion. Omar Sy’s excellent performance earned him the best male performance award at the Césars, despite his being up against Jean Dujardin of The Artist.

His character brings life to Philippe’s stuffy Parisian mansion, inspires a room full of classical music lovers to dance to Earth, Wind and Fire and, most important, treats Philippe with respect and without pity. Perhaps the “bromance” formula is nothing new, but you will laugh out loud at this witty comedy drama.

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