Feel-good movies tend to be written off as fluff by cynical film critics, but that’s not to say that just because a picture is uplifting means that it’s devoid of substance. The second-highest-grossing film in French history, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s The Intouchables
examines the unlikely friendship that forms between an affluent paraplegic and his gruff caretaker, a convicted criminal with few prospects and a grim future. Occasionally sentimental yet far from maudlin, it succeeds because both of the characters are fully realized and the lead actors share a playful rapport that convincingly transcends class and culture.
Inspired by a true sto...