And this year's Oscar won't be going to… cheesy and clichd Untouchable
23:46 GMT, 20 September 2012
Verdict: Too much fromage
Having charmed global audiences with Oscar winner The Artist, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is hoping to strike gold again with his latest investment in French cinema.
Based on a true story, it’s the tale of an unlikely friendship between a white, cultured quadriplegic aristocrat and a black, illiterate ex-con.
When he advertises for a new carer, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is drawn to Driss (Omar Sy, pictured), a criminal.
Leading men: Francois Cluzet starring as Philippe with Omar Sy playing his carer Driss
Predictably hopeless at first, Driss stabs Philippe in the eye with a spoon and washes his hair in foot lotion.
Slowly, he learns the ropes and becomes a good, if unconventional, carer — one who feeds, dresses and washes his charge but also takes him joyriding and hires him prostitutes.
The two leading men are exceptional and, in places, Untouchable is a charming comedy.
The problem is that these moments are few and far between. Instead, the film relies heavily on cliche and cheesiness.
Yes, Driss grew up in a rundown area, but would he really be quite so cock-a-hoop at the sight of a bathtub when shown his new accommodation
Now watch the trailer