“The Intouchables,” based on a true story, is about two men — one rich, uptight and
white; the other poor, exuberant and black — who become best pals in
spite of their differences. It deals with quadriplegia, race and recovery of spirit.
It joins "The Sea Inside,""Whose Life is this Anyway," and "Martha In Lattimore" in dealing with the topic of quadriplegia.
A.O. Scott writes in his NY Times review: "It is possible to summarize the experience of watching “The
Intouchables” in nine words: You will laugh; you will cry; you will
cringe. The caricatures are astonishingly brazen, as ancient comic
archetypes — a pompous master and a clowning servant right out of
Molière — are updated with vague social relevance, an overlay of
Hollywood-style sentimentality and a conception of race that might
kindly be called cartoonish."
Somehow, it all works! The Intouchables is memorable cinema.