Samba 2015

Samba

Critics Consensus

Samba isn't the finest effort from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, but the film's shortcomings are partly balanced by its big heart and talented cast.

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Sparks fly between an illegal immigrant (Omar Sy) and the caseworker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who tries to help him stay in Paris.

Cast & Crew

Omar Sy
Samba Cissé
Tahar Rahim
Walid dit Wilson
Izïa Higelin
Manu
Youngar Fall
L'oncle Lamouna
Issaka Sawadogo
Jonas Karanoto
Hélène Vincent
Marcelle
Clotilde Mollet
Josiane - de l'agence d'intérim
Liya Kebede
Magali dite Gracieuse
Eric Toledano
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Olivier Nakache
Screenwriter
Stéphane Fontaine
Cinematographer
Dorian Rigal-Ansous
Film Editor
Ludovico Einaudi
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Critic Reviews for Samba

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (26)

  • The editing errs on the side of longueurs, but likable people and the mise-en-scne draw you in. Somehow, even the artificiality feels heartwarming.

    December 30, 2015 | Full Review…

    Tim Appelo

    TheWrap
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  • Samba finds a much stronger rhythm when it stops contriving and simply shines a light on the joy and pain (and musical interludes) of lives lived in the margins.

    December 30, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, the material flounders from the broadly farcical to the bombastically melodramatic.

    August 6, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers mix touching social realism, feel-good romantic comedy, and working-class farce into a patronizing ragout of flavors that never successfully blend together.

    August 6, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • "Samba" tries to be too many things to too many people, although you can't say it doesn't have heart.

    August 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • Gainsbourg and Sy play off each other wonderfully, emphasizing how these characters relate to each other as people; their scenes together feel emotionally honest even though one can barely imagine them happening in real life.

    July 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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