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  • ISBN 13: 9781602865709
  • ISBN 10: 1602865701
  • Price: $15.99 / $20.99 CAN
  • Status: Active
  • Edition: MDT

Untouchable

A Memoir of the Friendship that Inspired the Acclaimed Film

By (author) Abdel Sellou, With Caroline Andrieu

Untouchable tells the extraordinary true story of the charming Algerian con-man whose friendship with a disabled French aristocrat inspired the record-breaking hit film, The Intouchables (the American remake starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston coming in 2018). Previously published as You Changed My Life: A Memoir.

Sellou's fictional reincarnation, Driss, played to critical acclaim by French comedian Omar Sy in the movie Les Intouchables, captured the hearts of millions. Already a bestseller in France and Germany, Untouchable shows us the real man behind Sy's edgy charm. The book takes us from his childhood spent stealing candy from the local grocery store, to his career as a pickpocket and scam artist, to his unexpected employment as a companion for a quadriplegic.

Sellou has never before divulged the details of his past. In many interviews and documentaries, he has evaded or shrugged off the question of his childhood and his stay in prison, until now. He tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, with humor, style, and-though he denies that he has any-humility.

Sellou's idiosyncratic and candidly charming voice is magnificently captured in this memoir, a fact to which his friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo testifies in his touching preface for the book.

"The screenplay...cleverly uses the structure of a romantic comedy to frame the (platonic) friendship between two very different men... Their interaction is defined by feelings of love and amity... This is a buddy movie where the friendship doesn't play second fiddle to overblown action or raunchy comedy."
—James Berardinelli, Reel Views

"If you're looking for a lightweight summer change of pace, with just a smidgen of Continental flair, here it is."
—James O'Hehir, Salon

"You will laugh; you will cry."
—A. O. Scott, The New York Times

"It's Earth Wind & Fire vs. Vivaldi. It's weed vs. wine. It's the classic odd-couple buddy movie setup, only it'll pull at your heartstrings, whether you want it too or not."
—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Believe the hype-this irreverent take on disability is charming and uplifting."
—Dayla Alberge, The Guardian

"It's an opposites-attract, getting-to-know-you buddy comedy with a tender edge and a sweet center."
—Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

"Irreverent and uplifting... it's an unabashedly lighthearted story of transcending socioeconomic, racial and class barriers and finding commonality in humor and honesty... The film's infectious vitality has us hooked... It's a defiantly feel-good story."
—Claudia Puig, USA Today

Abdel Sellou now lives in Algeria with his wife and three children, where he runs a chicken farm. He remains close to Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who lives in Morocco with his second wife and two children.

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