Recommended for: A2 and equivalent level French
Capacity: 158 places
This study day will contextualise French popular comedy using Intouchables as a recent example of a box office hit in France. Students will consider the cultural context of the film, discussing ideas of family, social classes and the world of work, and the issue of disability. Following the film screening, students will use written and spoken French to complete A2 language and grammar exercises and will discuss the film’s issues and themes in detail.
Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Screening: Intouchables (Untouchable) 15
Dirs Olivier Nakache, Eric ToledanoFrance 2011/112 minsIn French with English subtitlesFrançois Cluzet, Omar Sy
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s comedy-drama Intouchables took the French box office by storm when it was released in November 2011. Paralysed from the neck down following a paragliding accident, millionaire Philippe lives a quiet life in a stylish Parisian apartment. When he hires Driss, a forthright ex-con as his carer, their unlikely friendship and growing bond give Philippe a new lease of life.