If you Google the movie, “The Untouchables,” you will get lots of links for the Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner film about about Eliot Ness.
But if you Google “The Untouchables French Film 2011,” (or “Intouchables,” the French title) you’ll get to read about the film staring FranÃ§ois Cluzet and Omar Sy — now playing at The Manor in Charlotte.
I didn’t do either one before I went, tonight, and saw it. I had read a couple of blurbs that said it was moving, funny, and the second most successful French film of all time. I had no idea what it was about, and I’m not going to reduce it to that here.
Just know that it’s an exquisite movie — poignant and exhilaratingly funny — about human beings connecting with each other rather than their circumstances.
If you’ve ever doubted the power of context, check out the opening sequence (a car chase) and notice how your view of that scene gets turned inside out later in the film.
That’s all I’m gonna say. It’s a great movie. Not everyday or every year great. Rare great. If you go, you’ll be glad you did. I promise.
P.S. There’s another movie playing at The Manor now that I’ve also seen: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It’s a pure delight and full of great stars, but don’t be detoured; it’s not as powerful as Intouchables.