French feel-good film storms box-office, ousts Tintin

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A comedy about a quadriplegic aristocrat and his black home-help has captured the hearts of French moviegoers and ousted "The Adventures of Tintin" from the top of the box office here.

More than five million people have seen "Intouchables" (Untouchables) since it went on release across France less than two weeks ago, according to figures released Tuesday by Gaumont, its distribution company.

This puts it ahead of Steven Spielberg's take on the intrepid boy reporter Tintin.

"Intouchables" has received rave reviews from critics and the Weinstein company has bought an option for the film's US remake rights.

The movie, based on a true story, stars Francois Cluzet as a wealthy quadriplegic whose life changes when he hires a streetwise young black man, played by Omar Sy, from a nearby poor suburb to take care of him.

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