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The Intouchables (2011)

Country: France

Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Taglines: Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own.

Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Writers: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, ...

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.
9 weeks after its release, it became the second most successful French film. Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008) is the most successful.
The official entry of France to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013.
Became the most successful French movie in the Netherlands, beating the previous record holder, Elle s'appelait Sarah (2010).
The sports car Driss is driving for Philippe is a Maserati Quattroporte.
9 weeks after its release, it became the second most successful French film. Welcome to the Sticks (2008) is the most successful.
Became the most successful French movie in the Netherlands, beating the previous record holder, Sarah's Key (2010).
The music played in the background was written by Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi
In 2012, Éric Toledano stated that he had received more than 3,000 thank-you messages from wheelchair users all over the world.
The two prints of Salvador Dalí works are of "Persistence of memory" (in the courier office) and "Ma femme nue regardant son propre corps devenir trois vertebres d'une colonne, ciel et architrecture" (as Philippe's house).
The poems / extracts used are from "Poemes a Lou" by Guillaume Apollinaire, "Les Fleurs du Mal - Piece XXVII" by Charles Baudelaire and "La Vierge Folle" in "Ube Saison en enfer" by Arthur Rimbaud
This movie was remade as an south Indian film with Indian stars.
Although the real-life 'Driss' was a young Algerian man called Abdel, directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache changed the character's nationality to West-African, as they had enjoyed working with Omar Sy on Tellement proches (2009), and really wanted
With 8.8 million moviegoers, this was the most successful film in Germany in 2012 (beating the likes of Skyfall (2012), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012). It is the most successful French film in German
As of 2013, this movie was the most successful movie in French language of all time in Germany (8.9M tickets), Spain (2.5M tickets), Italy (2.5M), Netherlands (1.2M), Switzerland, Austria, Israel, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, South Korea (1.7M tickets), Mex
First movie ever to be honored by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a US non-profit organization aiming at helping people suffering paralysis, and supporting advanced research. The directors received the HOPE award from this foundation in New-York
During the car race in the beginning, most stunts were done by a professional stunt driver, but in some of the moments, Omar Sy really drove the car himself.
The nervousness and slight pacing of Driss in the first scene where he meets Philippe was intentional - the director wanted to contrast Driss' mobility to Philippe's immobility.
Although the real-life 'Driss' was a young Algerian man called Abdel, directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache changed the character's nationality to West-African, as they had enjoyed working with Omar Sy on Tellement proches (2009), and really wanted him to play the part. Sy also had the experience of living in the impoverished French suburbs, just like Driss.
With 8.8 million moviegoers, this was the most successful film in Germany in 2012 (beating the likes of Skyfall (2012), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012). It is the most successful French film in German cinema history.
As of 2013, this movie was the most successful movie in French language of all time in Germany (8.9M tickets), Spain (2.5M tickets), Italy (2.5M), Netherlands (1.2M), Switzerland, Austria, Israel, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, South Korea (1.7M tickets), Mexico (1.6M), Brazil (1M), Colombia (500000 tickets), Venezuela, Peru, Hongkong, New-Zealand and Norway.
First movie ever to be honored by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a US non-profit organization aiming at helping people suffering paralysis, and supporting advanced research. The directors received the HOPE award from this foundation in New-York City on November 28, 2012.
The two prints of Salvador Dalí works are of "Persistence of memory" (in the courier office) and "Ma femme nue regardant son propre corps devenir trois vertebres d'une colonne, ciel et architrecture" (at Philippe's house).
The poems / extracts used are from "Poemes a Lou" by Guillaume Apollinaire, "Les Fleurs du Mal - Piece XXVII" by Charles Baudelaire and "La Vierge Folle" in "Une Saison en enfer" by Arthur Rimbaud
Is being remade with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston as the lead characters.
In this film, François Cluzet portrays Philippe Pozzo di Borgo. di Borgo's sister, Valérie Pozzo di Borgo, created the costumes for another film starring Cluzet, "Les Apprentis" (1995).