Untouchable (★★ Empire review)

UntouchableSquareIf Hollywood produced a film about a (white) quadriplegic millionaire who receives a lesson in joie de vivre from his new carer, a (black) petty crook from the projects – and it will, a remake is on the way – it would probably be viewed here with the particular sort of cynicism reserved for films like The Blind Side and The Help. In its native France, however, Intouchables has been a huge success, suggesting that even Gallic cinema is not averse to romanticised stories about disabled people and colourful racial stereotypes. François Cluzet and Senegal-born Omar Sy (who won Best Actor at the Césars) are enjoyable to watch, but after an attention-grabbing opening, the story plays out in largely predictable fashion, and the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it no less fatuous and forgettable. ★★

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