What is the Belly of the Whale? In Intouchables / Untouchable (2011)

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First, the Belly of the Whale is a general term, which is better understood when broken down into its constituent parts.

In Intouchables / Untouchable (2011), the Belly of the Whale:

for Driss is the art gallery. That's where he sees the painting, which sells for an unbelievable amount, but which eventually pulls out his undiscovered self - the painter and artist. 

for Philippe is the letters, which he doesn't want anyone to read. They represent his innermost fears and limitations - that his quadriplegic self will not allow him to find a partner and therefore become whole again. 

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