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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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Critic Reviews for Dheepan

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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…

Audience Reviews for Dheepan

  • Mar 21, 2016
    Another near masterpiece from director Jacques Audiard, Dheepan grapples many complex plot threads but the biggest ace card are three lead performances which are truly exhilarating. This is quality cinema, both cerebral and thrilling.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2016
    The three main actors are fantastic (in their first roles), conveying with great naturalness the hardships faced by refugees who flee from their countries to Europe, but the film sadly starts to gradually lose its power as it becomes more and more artificial towards an awful last scene.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2015
    VIFF Review: This is yet another knockout from Jacques Audiard. It's a tale of 3 people who decided to make a fake family and illegally immigrate into France in order to escape the horrors of war in their country, only to later find horrors of war in France. It's quite a unique take on the "Family Drama" as they are not a real family, but because they don't want to be caught, they have to behave like one and over time, they begin to become like an actual family. Even though this all sounds peachy, I can see why France recently decided to not have this film represent their country at The Oscars despite giving this film the Palme D'or earlier this year. Why? "Dheepan" doesn't exactly paint France with a nice colour. Regardless, this is no detractor from the film and "Dheepan" is overall quite Dheesexy if you ask me. One of the year's best!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer

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