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Three Sri Lankan refugees (Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby) pretend to be a family as they try to make better lives for themselves in a Parisian housing project.

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Faouzi Bensaidi
Monsieur Habib
Joséphine de Meaux
La directrice de l'école
Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux
Le juriste au foyer
Noé Debré
Screenwriter
Thomas Bidegain
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Jacques Audiard
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Éponine Momenceau
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Nicolas Jaar
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Michel Barthélémy
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Critic Reviews for Dheepan

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  • Engaging enough for the duration but muddled and ill-conceived.

    August 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The nonprofessional actors deliver stirring performances and Audiard never sentimentalizes the characters' situation. And despite the film's misguided climax, Audiard again demonstrates that he is one of the top filmmakers working today.

    June 23, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 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.

    June 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.

    June 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Like the best fiction, it takes the most incomprehensible stories of our time and makes them hauntingly, inescapably clear.

    June 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Engaging enough for the duration but muddled and ill-conceived.

    August 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The nonprofessional actors deliver stirring performances and Audiard never sentimentalizes the characters' situation. And despite the film's misguided climax, Audiard again demonstrates that he is one of the top filmmakers working today.

    June 23, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 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.

    June 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The actors are able to build up an incredible amount of empathy, despite being shown with flaws.

    January 6, 2021 | Full Review…
  • While Dheepan has elevated the international renown of Jacques Audiard, this familiar refugee saga is perhaps his least cohesively formulated melodrama to date.

    September 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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