A clash of cultures

Untouchable. PA Photo/Handout
Untouchable. PA Photo/Handout

Loosely based on a true story, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s crowd-pleasing comedy has smashed box office records in France and charmed audiences around Europe.

An English-language remake, reportedly starring Colin Firth with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) at the helm, is already in the works, attesting to the film’s potential as a dark horse at next year’s Oscars.

Dubbed by some wags as Driving Monsieur Daisy, this feel-good confection centres on the culture clash between a wealthy white aristocrat and a street-smart Senegalese ex-con.

Untouchable boasts some uproarious interludes, including a badly behaved night at the opera, and Toledano and Nakache’s film is anchored by a stellar performance from Omar Sy as the jailbird, who teaches his stuffy employer to loosen up by trading Vivaldi for Earth, Wind & Fire.

Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a wealthy aristocrat who suffers terrible injuries in a paragliding accident. He roams his sprawling Parisian mansion in a wheelchair and requires constant care to accomplish everyday tasks.

Uncouth ex-con Driss (Omar Sy), who has only applied for the job to get a signature on his benefits card, is a breath of fresh air.

Attracted to Driss’s complete lack of pity, Philippe hires the most unlikely candidate as his live-in carer.