The Intouchables is based on a true story, and it’s just one of those experiences that was meant to be told to the world.
As the descendant of two prominent French families and director of one of the world’s most celebrated champagne houses, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his wife being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a paragliding accident left him a quadriplegic.
Passing his days hidden behind the high walls of his Paris townhouse, Philippe found himself the modern equivalent of an “untouchable”—unable to reach out to others, as others were afraid to reach out to him. The only person who seemed unaffected by Philippe’s condition was someone who had been marginalized his entire life—Abdel, the unemployed, uninhibited Algerian immigrant who would become his unlikely caretaker. In between dramas and jokes, he sustained Philippe’s life for the next ten years.
Like The Blind Side, this movie will touch you. The characters’ circumstances and interactions just tap into an emotional wellspring in all of us, and although our lives couldn’t be more different, we can all relate to the themes explored: the nature of friendship, happiness, and fulfillment.