Sunday, 28 October 2012

Untouchable (film)

Untouchable (or The Intouchables) is a French language film written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. On its release in France almost exactly a year ago, it was immediately a success and, after just nine weeks, was the country's second-biggest box office hit.

The film is based on the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. A seemingly unlikely friendship develops when a young, unemployed man, named Driss for the film (Omar Sy), is hired as carer for the wealthy quadriplegic, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) who was injured in a paragliding accident. Driss attends the job interview purely as a token gesture to secure his unemployment payments. He expects to be rejected but, to his great surprise, is given a trial period. Even after one of Philippe's friends reveals that Driss has a criminal record, Philippe keeps him on. Senegalese orphan Driss learns about the privileged world now open to him as a result of Philippe's social status, at the same time as he also helps Philippe to put his personal life in order. However, when Driss leaves for another job, Philippe's morale becomes very low.

Eastbourne Curzon, Fri 2nd - Thu 8th Nov, 17:15, 20:15. Not Wed.
Mon, Tue and Thu, 14:15.
Tickets £6.80 (concessions £4.80).
Available by calling 01323 731441 or in person from the Box Office.

Hailsham Pavilion, Mon 5th Nov - Wed 7th Nov, 19:45.
Wed 14th Nov, 14:15
Tickets £6.50, concessions £5, Wed matinee £4.50.
Available online, by calling 01323 841414 or in person from the Box Office.

1 comment:

  1. Both Boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed Untouchable. It is an uplifting, humorous tale of friendship which touches upon social issues surrounding immigration and disability, but does not try to take itself too seriously or fall into being saccharine or schmaltzy. Both the lead actors and their supporting cast are fantastic throughout and the dialogue is witty - even in subtitled translation.
    A good evening's entertainment!