Dheepan

Dheepan

(2015)

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.... More

"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)Hide

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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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review