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The Intouchables (2011)

  • Rate: 8.6/10 total 130,159 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 2 November 2011 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 112 min
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  • IMDb page: The Intouchables (2011)
  • Rate: 8.6/10 total 130,159 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 2 November 2011 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 112 min
  • Filming Location: Cabourg, Calvados, France
  • Gross: $351,019,943(Worldwide)(30 June 2012)
  • Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy and Anne Le Ny|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Ludovico Einaudi   
  • Soundtrack: Concerto Grosso
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Paragliding | Rich Man | Taking A Bath | Dating | Reference To Adolf Hitler

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Olivier Nakache 
  • Eric Toledano 

Known Trivia

  • 9 weeks after its release, it became the second most successful French film. Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis is the most successful.
  • The official entry of France to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013.

Goofs: Continuity: (1:15) Philippe and Driss are talking on the phone and for Philippe it's daylight while for Driss it's nighttime. They are in the same city

Plot: After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. Full summary »  »

Story: A rich quadriplegic, living in a mansion in Paris, requires a live-in carer. A young offender turns up for an interview, but he is not really looking to get the job. However, to his surprise, he is hired. The two men then develop a close friendship.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: The film begins at night in Paris. Driss (Sy) is driving Philippe’s (Cluzet) Maserati Quattroporte at high speed. They are soon chased by the police: when they are caught, Driss, unfazed, doubles his bet with Philippe, convinced they can get an escort. In order to get away with his speeding, Driss claims the quadriplegic Philippe must be urgently driven to the emergency room; Philippe pretends to have a stroke and the fooled police officers eventually escort them to the hospital. As the police leave them at the hospital, Philippe asks what will they do now, to which Driss answers: "Now let me take care of it." as they drive off.

The story of the two men is then told as a flashback, which takes up almost the rest of the film.

Philippe, a rich quadriplegic who owns a luxurious Parisian mansion, and his assistant Magalie, are interviewing candidates to be his live-in carer. Driss, a candidate, has no ambitions to get hired. He is just there to get a signature showing he was interviewed and rejected in order to continue to receive his welfare benefits. He is extremely casual and shamelessly flirts with Magalie. He is told to come back the next morning to get his signed letter. Driss goes back to the tiny flat that he shares with his extended family in a bleak Parisian suburb. His aunt, exasperated from not hearing from him for six months, orders him to leave the flat.

The next day, Driss returns to Philippe’s mansion and learns to his surprise that he is on a trial period for the live-in carer job. He learns the extent of Philippe’s disability and then accompanies Philippe in every moment of his life, discovering with astonishment a completely different lifestyle. A friend of Philippe’s reveals Driss’s criminal record which includes six months in jail for robbery. Philippe states he does not care about Driss’s past because he is the only one that does not treat him with pity or compassion, but as an equal. He says he will not fire him as long as he does his current job properly.

Over time, Driss and Philippe become closer. Driss dutifully takes care of his boss, who frequently suffers from phantom pain. Philippe discloses to Driss that he became disabled following a paragliding accident and that his wife died without bearing children. Gradually, Philippe is led by Driss to put some order in his private life, including being more strict with his adopted daughter Elisa, who behaves like a spoiled child with the staff. Driss discovers modern art, opera, and art, and even takes up painting.

For Philippe’s birthday, a private concert of classical music is performed in his living room. At first very reluctant, Driss is led by Philippe to listen more carefully to the music and opens up to Philippe’s music. Driss then plays the music he likes to Philippe (Boogie Wonderland, by Earth, Wind & Fire), which opens up everybody in the room to dance.

Driss discovers that Philippe has a purely epistolary relationship with a woman called Eleonore, who lives in Dunkirk. Driss encourages him to meet her but Philippe fears her reaction when she discovers his disability. Driss eventually convinces Philippe to talk to Eleonore on the phone. Philippe agrees with Driss to send a photo of him in a wheelchair to her, but he hesitates and asks his aide, Yvonne, to send a picture of him as he was before his accident. A date between Eleonore and Philippe is agreed. At the last minute Philippe is too scared to meet Eleonore and leaves with Yvonne before Eleonore arrives. Philippe then calls Driss and invites him to travel with him in his private jet for a paragliding weekend. Philippe gives Driss an envelope containing 11,000 euros, the amount he was able to get for Driss’s painting, which he sold to one of his friends by saying it was from an up-and-coming artist.

Adama, Driss’s younger cousin, who is in trouble with a gang, takes refuge in Philippe’s mansion. Driss opens up to Philippe about his family and his past as an orphan in Senegal, who was adopted by his then-childless aunt and uncle and brought back to France. His adoptive parents later began having children of their own, his uncle died and his aunt bore still more children. Philippe recognizes Driss’s need to support his family and releases him from his job, suggesting he "may not want to push a wheelchair all his life".

Driss returns to his suburbs, joining his friends, and manages to help his younger cousin. Due to his new professional experience, he lands a job in a transport company. In the meantime Philippe has hired carers to replace Driss, but he isn’t happy with any of them. His morale is very low and he stops taking care of himself.

Yvonne becomes worried and contacts Driss, who arrives and decides to drive Philippe in the Maserati, which brings the story back to the first scene of the film, the police chase. After they have eluded the police, Driss takes Philippe straight to the seaside. Upon shaving and dressing elegantly, Philippe and Driss arrive at a Cabourg restaurant with a great ocean view. Driss suddenly leaves the table and says good luck to Philippe for his lunch date. Philippe does not understand, but a few seconds later, Eleonore arrives. Emotionally touched, Philippe looks through the window and sees Driss outside, smiling at him. The film ends with Driss bidding Philippe farewell and walking away.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Arnaud Bertrand known as associate producer
  • Dominique Boutonnat known as associate producer
  • Hubert Caillard known as associate producer
  • Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky known as producer
  • Laurent Zeitoun known as producer
  • Yann Zenou known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • François Cluzet known as Philippe
  • Omar Sy known as Driss
  • Anne Le Ny known as Yvonne
  • Audrey Fleurot known as Magalie
  • Clotilde Mollet known as Marcelle
  • Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi known as Elisa (as Alba Gaïa Bellugi)
  • Cyril Mendy known as Adama
  • Christian Ameri known as Albert
  • Grégoire Oestermann known as Antoine
  • Joséphine de Meaux known as La DRH société de courses
  • Dominique Daguier known as Amie de Philippe
  • François Caron known as Ami de Philippe
  • Thomas Solivéres known as Bastien, dit le Plumeau
  • Dorothée Brière known as Eléonore (as Dorothée Brière Méritte)
  • Marie-Laure Descoureaux known as Chantal, la femme de chambre
  • Emilie Caen known as La galeriste
  • Sylvain Lazard known as Nouvel auxiliaire 1
  • Jean François Cayrey known as Nouvel auxiliaire 2 (as Jean-François Cayrey)
  • Ian Fenelon known as Candidat 1
  • Renaud Barse known as Candidat 2
  • François Bureloup known as Candidat 3
  • Nicky Marbot known as Policier 1
  • Benjamin Baroche known as Policier 2
  • Jérôme Pauwels known as Voisin mal garé 1
  • Antoine Laurent known as Voisin mal garé 2
  • Fabrice Mantegna known as Chanteur opéra
  • Hedi Bouchenafa known as Garagiste
  • Caroline Bourg known as Frédérique
  • Michel Winogradoff known as Serveur des Deux Magots
  • Kévin Wamo known as Ami Driss
  • Elliot Latil known as Lycéen
  • Alain Anthony known as Pilote parapente 1
  • Dominique Henry known as Pilote parapente 2
  • Pierre-Laurent Barneron known as Majordome (uncredited)
  • Abdel Sellou known as Himself (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Catherine Duplan known as key hair stylist
  • Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen known as key makeup artist
  • Alice Robert known as makeup artist
  • Jean-Christophe Roger known as additional makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Gabriel Botcherby known as assistant art director
  • Nicolas Decaux known as carpenter
  • Christine Teulier known as property master




Production Companies:

  • Quad Productions
  • Chaocorp (co-production)
  • Gaumont (co-production)
  • TF1 Films Production (co-production)

Other Companies:

  • Cinecascade  vehicle stunts
  • Creative Regie  production crew and equipment (production services)


  • Gaumont (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) (2012) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • A Contracorriente Films (2012) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Bloomage Entertainment (2012) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Budapest Film (2012) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Cathay (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Filmtrade – Spentzos Film (2012) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Filmware International (2012) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Frenetic Films (2011) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Golden Scene (2012) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
  • MediaPro Distribution (2012) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • Medusa (2012) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Senator Filmverleih (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2012) (USA) (theatrical) (limited) (subtitled)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • MTVA (2011) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Tanweer Alliances (2012) (Poland) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Laurent Brett known as title designer

Release Date:

  • Spain 23 September 2011 (Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 4 October 2011 (Namur Film Festival)
  • Japan 23 October 2011 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 2 November 2011
  • France 2 November 2011
  • Hungary 22 December 2011
  • Germany 5 January 2012
  • Italy 24 February 2012
  • Spain 9 March 2012
  • Israel 22 March 2012
  • Netherlands 22 March 2012
  • South Korea 22 March 2012
  • Greece 29 March 2012
  • Portugal 29 March 2012
  • Taiwan 30 March 2012
  • USA 1 April 2012 (Phoenix Film Festival)
  • Poland 13 April 2012
  • Romania 20 April 2012
  • USA 21 April 2012 (Wisconsin Film Festival)
  • USA 22 April 2012 (Los Angeles COLCOA Film Festival)
  • USA 24 April 2012 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • Russia 26 April 2012
  • Ukraine 26 April 2012
  • Lithuania 11 May 2012
  • Turkey 11 May 2012
  • Serbia 24 May 2012
  • Estonia 25 May 2012
  • USA 25 May 2012 (limited)
  • Canada 1 June 2012 (Toronto)
  • Iceland 13 June 2012
  • USA 13 June 2012 (Provincetown International Film Festival)
  • Japan 21 June 2012 (Festival du Film Français au Japon)
  • Cambodia 5 July 2012
  • Kuwait 12 July 2012
  • India 13 July 2012
  • Argentina 30 July 2012 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Argentina 2 August 2012
  • Peru 23 August 2012
  • Mexico 24 August 2012
  • Brazil 31 August 2012
  • Japan 1 September 2012
  • Hong Kong 6 September 2012
  • Colombia 7 September 2012
  • Sweden 21 September 2012
  • UK 21 September 2012
  • Venezuela 12 October 2012
  • Australia 25 October 2012
  • New Zealand 25 October 2012
  • Norway 9 November 2012
  • Denmark 22 November 2012
  • Republic of Macedonia 23 November 2012
  • Finland 30 November 2012
  • Singapore 13 December 2012
  • Chile 27 December 2012

MPAA: Rated R for language and some drug use



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