"The Intouchables," a moving hit French drama about the power of friendship, is the next featured film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened tonight, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
The film tells the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between Philippe, a wealthy quadriplegic, and Driss, a troubled ex-con from the ghettos, who is hired to serve as Philippe's live-in caretaker. Based on a true story, "The Intouchables" explores the bond between the two men and demonstrates the power and omniscience that love and friendship can hold over all economic and social differences.
Rex Reed says the film "has warmth, humor and an understated sweetness that is not to be taken for granted." James Berardinelli, in ReelViews, calls it "the kind of motion picture that can cause Champagne-like giddiness." Joe Neumaier, in the New York Daily News, calls it "totally winning, with a pair of performances that fit together perfectly." Richard Corliss, in TIME magazine, says the film is "a warm one that pushes the viewer's emotional buttons so deftly it feels like a massage." Rated R for language and some drug use, "The Intouchables" runs 112 minutes. It is in French with English subtitles.
“The Intouchables” will be shown at the Fredonia Opera House tonight at Tuesday.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door, at the Box Office or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891. The Cinema Series continues with "The Words," starring Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons on Oct. 13 & 16.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.