Full disclosure, I usually hate the films or TV shows that my dad tries to get me to watch. He's a counselor and extremely invested in interpersonal relationships and human emotions, so high-drama emotional entertainment is his bread and butter. He thrives on that kind of entertainment. I find it either horribly dull or horribly depressing - I don't care about human emotions when the story is ALL ABOUT emotion. I'm fine with it as long as it's in service of a greater, more interesting narrative. But I don't like to watch films or TV shows that are all about The Complicated Emotional Life of Quirky/Unique Person With Attribute X. Blech! This Troy gif sums my feelings about those things up pretty well:
Anyway, The Intouchables is not like that. It is funny and sweet and emotional but does NOT wallow in sentimentality or huge Oscar-winning screaming/sobbing/whatevering scenes. It feels real. It's based on a true story, on real people. And it is beautifully filmed, the story is well-crafted, and the actors (Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet) are fantastic. Don't be put off by the fact that it's subtitled (for English-speaking viewers). It's not off-putting at all.
Seriously, give this one a watch. I'm going to be buying both the DVD and the soundtrack.