Dejeuner (French lunch) and Film: The Intouchables
Location: Santa Fe Council on International Relations, 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D
Cost: $20 includes lunch (provided by Clafoutis) and film
Discussion to follow the movie, facilitated by former CIR Board Member, Rob Reider.
The Intouchables: (French: Intouchables [ɛ̃tuʃabl], UK: Untouchable) is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Nine weeks after its release in France on 2 November 2011, it became the second biggest box office hit in France. The film was voted the cultural event of 2011 in France with 52% of votes in a poll by Fnac. The film has received several award nominations. In France, the film was nominated for eight César Awards and earned Omar Sy the César Award for Best Actor.
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a disabled millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.
The story of the friendship between the two men is told as a flashback: Philippe, a rich quadriplegic who owns a luxurious mansion, and his assistant Magalie, are interviewing candidates to be his live-in caregiver. 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 receiving his welfare benefits. He is told to come back the next morning to get his signed letter.
The next day, Driss returns and learns that he is on a trial period for the live-in caregiver job. Despite being uninterested in the job and his lack of professional experience, Driss does well caring for Philippe, even if his methods are unconventional. Driss learns the extent of Philippe’s disability and accompanies Philippe in every moment of his life, assisting him in all the ways needed. 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. He says he will not fire him as long as he does his job properly.
Clafoutis is the next best thing to being in Paris! The owner/chef, Philippe Ligier, is a classically trained baker who creates luscious pastries, breads, crepes, sandwiches, soups and quiches that are simply wonderful. This little slice of the French countryside in Santa Fe is your best source for classic French bistro fare.