Intouchables: Movie Review

Written by Harold McNeill on September 1st, 2012. Posted in Book & Movie Reviews


Photo: This scene in the movie reminded Lynn and I very much of an adventure we
we experienced in the skies over Interlauken in Switzerland. The visuals were so similar it was errie.
Lynn could totally sympathize with the younger man (LINK HERE)

Except for the Bourne Legacy last week, we seem to have been doing very well with our movie selections. The Best Marigold Hotel and Hope Springs, our other most recent, garnered four thumbs up. Last night after spending a few minutes chatting with the young lady in the popcorn stand at the Odeon (Victoria) and telling her about our impressions of the three movies, she stated that seemed to be the general customer response.

The choice of the Intouchables, (French, 2012) was somewhat different, yet garnered four thumbs up as have our other selections in sub-titled movies such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (Swedish) and Bon Cop Bad Cop (French, 2006). Those movies, as with the Intouchables, posed no barriers in understanding. For that matter, I think one pays closer attention to the characters when not having the voice track. 

The Intouchables follows a young man for a few months during his mid to late twenties as he searches for his place in the sun. Who among us have not travelled that same path for one. two or three decades?  My goodness, I am three score and ten and Lynn is a miserly three score, and we are still searching.

In the movie, as chance would have it, the young man is lead to a job that he does not want, as a caregiver for a middle aged, well healed, quadriplegic. The older man introduces the young man to a life of affluence while, in turn, the young man introduces the older man to a life that is filled with chance and possibilities rather than the limitations. It was an interesting juxtaposition of characters considering their very different backgrounds.

While the subject matter was serious on many counts, it was the humour and the young man’s irreverence for the situations in which he found himself, that reminded us all to lighten up and enjoy life. In a general way, the movie follows the theme of The Bucket List as two people drawn together by chance, support each other in a quest to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives.

Go ahead, take in the movie. Lynn and I are sure you will not be disappointed.

Oh, and on a bummer note, it appears the resturant and lounge, The Office, in the Dalton Hotel (formerly the Dominion), across from the Odeon, has closed its doors.  As an alternative we wandered back down Yates Street and at 820 found a trendy little place called Zambri’s. After a light dinner of appetizers, we gave it three thumbs up. Life moves on.

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  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Hi Dorthy, So glad you found those stories and, yes, they hold many fond memories. Thanks to social media and the blog, I’ve been able to get in touch with many friends from back in the day. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Well, well. Pleased to see your name pop up. I’m in regular contact via FB with many ‘kids’ from back in our HS days (Guy, Dawna, Shirley and others). Also, a lot of Cold Lake friends through FB. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Oh, that is many years back and glad you found the story. I don’t have any recall of others in my class other than the Murphy sisters on whose farm my Dad and Mom worked.

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Pleased to hear from you Howie and trust all is going well. As with you, I have a couple of sad stories of times in my police career when I crossed paths with Ross Barrington Elworthy. Just haven’t had the time to write those stories.