Dheepan

Dheepan

Dheepan

Novelist and former child soldier Antonythasan Jesuthasan stars in this story of a Tamil Tiger who flees his war-ravaged home country Sri Lanka for Paris. Directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) and winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

"The film begins in Sri Lanka at the end of the civil war as a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan), burns the bodies of his fallen comrades. The guns are silenced, his family has been killed, and he seeks a way out. He and Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) are strangers in a refugee camp, but they cobble together a fake family with young Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby). It's enough to fool the aid workers and get them to France. Once in the outskirts of Paris, they must use those same skills to navigate their crime-ridden housing complex. Securing their position in France means making their false family real, but past violence and present threats combine to exert a rising pressure that is bound to explode." (Toronto International Film Festival)

Winner of the Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2015.
2015Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb115 minsFranceTamil and French with English subtitles
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Variety

Variety

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What keeps Dheepan engaging throughout is the tremendous charisma of the performers.

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The Times

The Times

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This latest film from Cannes competition regular Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) is an intimate and carefully observed portrait of three strangers clinging to the secret that might just save them.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This may not be the director's most immediately electrifying film, but in its understated way, it's an immensely powerful work.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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While the unhurried pace is challenging for a film with relatively little narrative incident, it's a pleasure to put yourself in the hands of such a confident director.

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Variety

Variety

press

What keeps Dheepan engaging throughout is the tremendous charisma of the performers.

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The Times

The Times

press

This latest film from Cannes competition regular Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) is an intimate and carefully observed portrait of three strangers clinging to the secret that might just save them.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This may not be the director's most immediately electrifying film, but in its understated way, it's an immensely powerful work.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While the unhurried pace is challenging for a film with relatively little narrative incident, it's a pleasure to put yourself in the hands of such a confident director.

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