Review notes for “Untouchable” (Intouchables)
Based on real-life events, “Untouchable” tells the story of an unlikely friendship which develops between Philippe, victim of a tragic sporting accident now left quadriplegic, and Driss, a young man who lacks direction and who has wandered into petty crime, but is hired by Philippe as his home help.
Many themes are touched upon in the course of the story. Clearly, there is the theme of the nature of friendship whose development we witness as the two men grow closer and become increasingly dependent on one another (while Driss offers Philippe movement and joy, Philippe provides stability and a sense of dignity for Driss).
Despair and how to combat it is also touched upon, as both Philippe and Driss encounter difficult moments and each helps the other to overcome these bad times.
Of course, family, loyalty and devotion also play their part in the proceedings as Philippe and Driss support one another and confront issues while maintaining a sense of humour, an essential element in the successful solution to their various problems and issues.
Although the two men are very different and come from vastly different backgrounds, they also share many qualities and complement one another to allow them to support and help one another.
Beautifully acted by both leads, and very ably supported throughout, this is a heart-warming and touching story which offers inspiration to those who have known difficult times.
Aim to write 150 – 200 words about the film. Below, you will find some vocabulary to help you, though it is only there to offer guidance – you may well want to go your own way.
In terms of structuring your writing, an outline of the story is always helpful, and then a brief description of the two main characters (indicating qualities they share and their differences) would also be of interest. You might want to identify the main themes, and a personal reaction, saying what you thought of the film, is essential.
C’est l’histoire de … it’s the story of …
Victime d’un accident tragique victim of a tragic accident
Un marginal outsider
Embaucher to hire
Assistant social personal assistant
Problèmes familiaux family problems
Problèmes de santé health problems
Fournir to provide
Isolé isolated, alone
A un sens de l’humour has a sense of humour
Problèmes sur le plan … problems concerning ….
Il est souvent he is often …
Il peut être … he can be …..
On peut one can / might
Avoir pitié de lui to take pity on him
Il n’en veut pas he doesn’t want it
Attentionné (malgré les apparences)
A un sens de l’humour solide
Au point où …
Problèmes sur le plan …
Traits qu’ils partagent
Différences entre leurs caractères
Porter l’aide, l’un à l’autre
J’ai trouvé ce film … I found this film …
Peu intéressant not very interesting
Parce que … because
A cause de … because of
Bien/mal joué well/badly acted
Certaines scènes étaient
Tandis que while
D’autres étaient … others were …