Dheepan

2015, Drama, 1h 50m

131 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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

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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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  • 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!
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