The Rendez-Vous With French Cinema series at Lincoln Center kicked off last night with a gala showing of the French smash The Intouchables, with François Cluzet as a disabled rich aesthete who bonds against all odds with his boisterous, lowbrow, lovable Senegalese caretaker (César winner Omar Sy).
It’s a highly enjoyable buddy picture that screams out to be remade with the younger versions of De Niro and Eddie Murphy.
(If you have any idea of who those actors might be, please notify Harvey Weinstein — or just tell me and I’ll pass it along.)
Weinstein presented the film last night, fresh off his awards triumph with another little French movie called The Artist.
Cracked a French film representative to the crowd, “Now we know how to get an American award. Just be silent.”
But a fellow reporter was not so quiet when she told me that Uggie the dog was starting to look a little peaked toward the end of the campaign trail.
“He’s old!” she related.
“In dog years, he’s older than Christopher Plummer!”