Film Night: The Untouchables

Five Stars – “extraordinarily good!”

Out on DVD. French film with English language subtitles.


IMDB synopsis:

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.

What my dad said:

“Life affirming. The best film I’ve seen in years.”

“Didn’t the guy who played Philippe look just like Dustin Hoffman?”

What I said:

“It was touching and laugh out loud funny. The sort of film that only the French could get right.”

6 thoughts on “Film Night: The Untouchables

  1. Whilst I don’t watch a lot of them – I do enjoy French films. I think they’re often more interesting and less predictable than those from the US. This one is one that I’d heard of but not seen. It sounds great. I love the quote from your dad about Dustin Hoffman – sounds like something my dad would say. Except he’d probably say “Does that guy look that like other guy from that film that we watched that time back when?” He’s not into specifics.

    I’m definitely going to check this one out. Thanks 🙂

    • Ahh I may have edited that conversation! It went like this.

      My dad: “Didn’t he look like that Hollywood actor, the one from Rain Man?”
      Me: “What, Dustin Hoffman?”
      My dad: “Yes! At the beginning I kept wondering when he’d learned French.”


  2. So can you get this in book form – translated? I saw the film on Netflix and loved it. It is a true story. I have no patience for subtitles cause while I’m reading I miss the body language and the scenery. I was sure I saw it in English with just a very few subtitles??

    • I’m actually not sure… But I have the same issue with foreign language films, so I always end up pausing/rewinding them when I’m at home!

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