Samba

Samba

Samba

From the director of the breakout hit The Intouchables (2011), a migrant to France (Omar Sy) fights to stay in his adopted country with the help of a rookie immigration worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg).

"Samba Cissé (Sy) is a migrant to France from Mali. Washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy hotel is hardly his European dream, but it gets worse when a bureaucratic slip-up lands him in detention. There he meets Alice (Gainsbourg), an immigration worker new to the job and unused to the hard realities of life on France's bottom rung. When Samba is released but slapped with an order to leave France, Alice begins to let her professional role bleed into her personal life." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2014Rating: M, Offensive language118 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

It’s called Samba, but it’s not about Brazilian music. It’s co-directed by Nakache and Toledano, but it’s not a patch on their last movie, The Intouchables. It’s marketed as a rom-com, but whilst there’s plenty of rom, the com is barely evident.

2.0

Great Romantic Comedy

Loved this film, its dramatic but its also very romantic and I laughed so much in it, Samba played by Omar Sy is a migrant who wants to stay in France and work and with the help of the immigration officer Alice, he is able to work in France as long as the cops do not catch up with him. The day he meets Alice she falls for his charm and swag and gives him...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A highly polished, widely appealing big-budget French movie.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

The delightful push-pull pairing of Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg makes this bittersweet comi-drama about connections a rich and engaging experience

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The film has unusual grace notes and an unpredictable, angular construction, by which I mean that it is odd but good.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A well-meaning and occasionally joyous film that is ultimately too scattershot in its format and tone to really work.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film's message is lost amid too many plot contrivances.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Despite its urgent and topical subject matter, this story comes cloaked in charm and humour.

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

It’s called Samba, but it’s not about Brazilian music. It’s co-directed by Nakache and Toledano, but it’s not a patch on their last movie, The Intouchables. It’s marketed as a rom-com, but whilst there’s plenty of rom, the com is barely evident.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A highly polished, widely appealing big-budget French movie.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

The delightful push-pull pairing of Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg makes this bittersweet comi-drama about connections a rich and engaging experience

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The film has unusual grace notes and an unpredictable, angular construction, by which I mean that it is odd but good.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A well-meaning and occasionally joyous film that is ultimately too scattershot in its format and tone to really work.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film's message is lost amid too many plot contrivances.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Despite its urgent and topical subject matter, this story comes cloaked in charm and humour.

Great Romantic Comedy

Loved this film, its dramatic but its also very romantic and I laughed so much in it, Samba played by Omar Sy is a migrant who wants to stay in France and work and with the help of the immigration officer Alice, he is able to work in France as long as the cops do not catch up with him. The day he meets Alice she falls for his charm and swag and gives him...

3.0