Last night I went to the Hawaii International Film Festival. I didn’t know what to expect, as this was my first time.

The theater was packed 100%. The film we chose to see was called the Intouchables. Not misspelled, this was in French. It was probably the best movie I have ever seen.

The star of the movie was a black French actor who was remarkable. In France he won their equivalent of an Oscar for best actor, over the man who played the lead in The Artist.

It was pretty much of a shock to everyone as it must have been to Jean Dujardin himself when his name was not announced for the best actor award at César ceremony in Paris.

Instead, the award was bagged by Omar Sy for the movie “Untouchables” which was the biggest hit in the box office for 2011 in France.

The movie is based on a true story and both the man who is the ‘patient’ and his caregiver are outstanding in their roles. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.

The story starts with a group of men applying for the job of caregiver to a man who is totally paralyzed. All the men are very qualified but no fun and the man in the wheelchair selects the one man who has no training whatsoever, but is only there because he is on parole and has to appear to be trying to find a job.

His main qualification is his great personality and spirit. Plus he makes the patient laugh. The audience loved him and it was laugh out loud funny all through the movie.

At the end there was lots of clapping. I don’t know if this will be playing anywhere, or if it available on DVD yet, but if you have a chance to see it, you will love it.

Also, the soundtrack was terrific. If you want to order it from iTunes, it is $10.99. I just did, and it is already on my computer, iPod and iPhone. (another tip- I wrote a blog about the movie ‘The Decendants’ and the soundtrack from that is also wonderful). It is Hawaiian music at it’s best. Same price.

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