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Dheepan offers a timely, powerful look at the modern immigrant experience in Europe.
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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.
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.
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.
Like the best fiction, it takes the most incomprehensible stories of our time and makes them hauntingly, inescapably clear.
For three-quarters of its running time, "Dheepan" feels like something special.
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.
A film that shocks and whose visual language is so vivid, the images linger long after the credits have rolled.
The viewer is so deeply invested in these characters and in their successful transition into life in France that the dynamite conclusion is heightened to a fever pitch.
The balance between social commentary and genre (there are some unbelievably gripping and suspenseful sequences) is well managed by Audiard at first.
Fnds resolution in a coda that turns maudlin thanks to an overblown music cue, but it's a minor flaw in an otherwise strong film.
The characters are inflicted with a series of melodramatic turns that blatantly contrast the meager good times with the bad.
Potential is a terrible thing to waste.
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.
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.
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