I absolutely love Foreign Language Films. I studied French at University and spent a lot of this time pretending I was studying by watching French films, so I’d like to think myself a little bit of
an expert when it comes to recommending good foreign language films. I’ve decided to do a little monthly Film blog-post recommending a different foreign language film each and every month for everyone’s enjoyment, going hand in hand with my #holliewatchesmovies twitter tag. Naturally, my recommendations will be based around French language films: I don’t have anything against any other languages, and I have watched a blooming lot of Spanish language films as well as French, but I just find that French ones have that certain “je ne sais quoi.” Excuse the pun.
FEBRUARY’S FRENCH FANCY OF THE MONTH
I thought the safest thing to do when kicking off this series is to introduce my absolute favourite French movie straight into the mix. Intouchables, or Untouchable, as I believe it is called in the UK, is nothing short of an absolute masterpiece. Based on a true story, Intouchables tells a tale of potentially the most unlikely of pairings: following the relationship between a quadriplegic named Philippe and his carer, Driss. Driss is, contrasting significantly with the white, upper-middle class
millionaire Philippe, a black immigrant with an unstable family history who applied for the job as a means of fulfilling the requirements of his unemployment benefit. For whatever reason, Philippe takes a shine to Driss and employs him on the spot and Driss enters a world which is every bit outside of his comfort zone and as far away from the banlieues of Paris as he can imagine.
The film is, in spite of it’s somewhat serious nature, absolutely hilarious. There are times when I found myself almost crying with laughter at well-thought out, cheese filled humour. There’s a particular scene involving the music of Earth, Wind and Fire which really hit the spot. I don’t
really think I need to say any more, here. It also has it’s poignant and touching side: Driss, as is to be expected, uncovers a sense of responsibility and maturity that he had otherwise been lacking and uses his own youthfulness to enrich Philippe’s life with love, laughter and much needed joie de vivre.
If you haven’t seen it, then I 100% recommend that you do so. A beautiful and enriching cinematic gift.