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Dheepan offers a timely, powerful look at the modern immigrant experience in Europe.



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Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift "family" sets about establishing a new life-only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

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  • The film simmers and builds until it boils over in an explosive climax. And it shows how far people will go just to be able to cling to some semblance of hope.

    Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Shooting on actual locations and with a cast of nonprofessional actors, writer-director Jacques Audiard keeps the neorealism pumping until a third act concession to conventionality (and vigilantism) leads it in the direction of Cannon Pictures.

    Jun 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A Jacques Audiard movie looks deceptively naturalistic, but it's as tightly coiled as a thriller and it hides allegories. Despite a controversial left-hand turn in the final moments, "Dheepan" is no exception.

    Jun 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Like the best fiction, it takes the most incomprehensible stories of our time and makes them hauntingly, inescapably clear.

    Jun 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For three-quarters of its running time, "Dheepan" feels like something special.

    Jun 2, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It burrows into the hearts and minds of human beings trying to find a world in which it's possible to have a life worth living.

    Jun 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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