Anyway, my favorite scene was at the beginning. I won't spoil it for you, but just know it involves a police escort and an Earth, Wind & Fire song that I could not get out of my head all Christmas break... or stop singing in the car while cruising down a traffic-less freeway in Arizona for the first time in three months.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Before I came home for Christmas, I went to see Intouchables -- the most popular film in France of the year and second most popular film in France of all time. I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, some American film critics have called the film racist since it depicts the growing friendship between a white, wealthy boss and a black, poor caretaker, or as one critic put it, a "jolly house slave of yore." Personally I think the American reviewers are being short-sighted and finding offense where European audiences simply wouldn't. What I found offensive was that a black actor was hired to play the caretaker when in the real life story, the man is actually Arabic, but that's another issue entirely.