Untouchable is a mildly heartwarming, mildly humorous French comedy about two people who couldn’t be much more different but come together to strike up an unlikely connection and in the process, learn a lot about themselves. Based on a true story, Omar Sy plays Driss, a young man from the projects with a difficult background who falls into employment as the carer of Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a wealthy aristocrat, completely paralysed from the neck down. Unfortunately neither man’s social background is looked at in much detail besides “one is really rich, one is really poor, they come together and conquer their hurdles”. A lot of the film does feel like a collage of amusing scenes between the pair without really going anywhere. Whilst it ends abruptly, it shows enough heart and feels consistently entertaining, but I couldn’t help but feel that the film’s lack of subtlety stops it from being what is really wants to be. For many it will certainly have the all-important ‘feel good’ factor without being a wholly memorable experience.
Review by David Rank
Untouchable is out on 21st September in the UK and US. Certificate 15 (UK). Running time 112 mins.
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