Paralyzed from the neck down in a paragliding accident, Philippe (François Cluzet), is a well to do, middle aged, French man of culture and taste in need of a caretaker. After interviewing countless candidates for the position, all of whom seem too square or out for money, along comes Driss (Omar Sy), an unsympathetic and brutally honest young man from the projects. A connection is made. Cultural differences and customs clash, yet somehow the two seem to blend together to give what the other needs. But for Philippe, it’s the love of a pen pal from across the country that he yearns for even more. How to make that connection; and, family problems for Driss, sorting will take time and effort. Can the two hold together or will life break them apart? Based on a true story and another winner! Here’s the thing, had this film been done in America instead of France, the film probably would have starred Dustin Hoffman and Will Smith, and probably would have gone over like a lead balloon. Instead writer/directors Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano give us something so pure, honest, believable, and uplifting despite the circumstances that it’s hard to see things any other way. Solid acting from all parties gives no room to question what we’re seeing; moreover, a compelling story keeps us glued right up till the end giving the audience room to breathe when it’s right, yet gasp for air the next moment. Totally worth your time, The Intouchables is rated R.