Francois Cluzet, most known across the channel in England for his phenomenal performance in Tell No One, stars as a disabled aristocrat who is seeking a new live-in carer to move into his mansion. Frustrated by competent applicants that are perfect on paper but lack personality, Philippe takes a risk on Driss, an unemployed man who attends the interview purely to collect his benefit cheque and scoffs at any opportunity to hold down a job. At first Driss is reluctant but he is eventually convinced to take the job and begins a voyage of discovery that will have a huge impact on both Philippe's life and his own.
Omar Sy is sensational as Driss, who is certainly an actor to watch out for in the future, and the chemistry between the two leads is so natural that their ever growing friendship is wholly believable. Side stories that focus on Driss's humble beginnings and Philippe's assorted employees act as pleasant diversions from the main plot but all remain relevant to the overall story arc be it a younger brother in trouble with the law or an attractive maid resisting Driss's advances.
An audience united in laughter always enhances any viewing experience and it will be difficult for all but the most cynical viewers to hide their smiles during Untouchable. Not since Rain Man has the relationship between a mismatched pairing made for such compelling viewing and it is hard to deny Untouchable a place amongst the year's best so far. With a Hollywood remake already in the works, don't be lazy and wait for a version without subtitles, nothing beats the irresistible charm of French films, and Untouchable is worthy of your attention.
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