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Critic Reviews for Dheepan
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.
The living, the dying and the dead populate this superb French thriller balancing gang violence, refugee plight and family drama.
Audience Reviews for Dheepan
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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