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Samba (2014)

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Senegalese Samba has worked 10 years in France. He's arrested and befriends the woman helping him with legal matters as volunteer after a burnout at work. He's released after being told to leave France. Chemistry?

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Éric Toledano (scenario), Olivier Nakache (scenario) | 3 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sy ... Samba Cissé
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Alice
Tahar Rahim ... Walid dit Wilson
Izïa Higelin ... Manu
Issaka Sawadogo ... Jonas Karanoto
Hélène Vincent ... Marcelle
Youngar Fall Youngar Fall ... L'oncle Lamouna
Christiane Millet Christiane Millet ... Madeleine
Jacqueline Jehanneuf Jacqueline Jehanneuf ... Maggy
Liya Kebede ... Magali dite Gracieuse
Sabine Pakora Sabine Pakora ... Gracieuse - la gérante du salon
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Josiane - de l'agence d'intérim
Boubacar Ndiaye Boubacar Ndiaye ... Un migrant à l'association
Oumar Makalou Oumar Makalou ... Un migrant à l'association
Roukiata Ouedraogo Roukiata Ouedraogo ... Un migrant à l'association
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Storyline

Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Sometimes those with nothing have the most to lose.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France] | Official site

Country:

France

Release Date:

15 October 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Самба See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,041, 31 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$149,805, 23 August 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Swiss censorship certificate # 1010.59. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Ni le début d'abus.
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Crazy Credits

A continuation of the last scene showing Samba walking through Paris is seen behind the initial credits (till around one-third of the way through the credits). See more »


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Love Theme from Spartacus
Written by Alex North
Performed by Terry Callier
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Reality brought to your screen.
19 August 2015 | by santiagocosmeSee all my reviews

First of all, Samba is not a movie about dancing. I guess we all know that but I really felt like making this joke. Forgive my sometimes childish spirit. Samba is an enjoyable movie about a subject we are all aware of: ilegal immigrants. Unfortunately, ilegal immigrants are not our primary concern and I doubt anyone wastes more than 5 seconds a year thinking about them and their situation.

Samba is a nice young man from Senegal who finds himself as close to being deported as when he arrived in Paris ten years back. During this decade in Paris, he worked in all sorts of jobs to take care of his family back home, and hoping to one day legalize his situation. In his particular struggle surviving in France and hiding from the police, he will find 3 people to rely on: his uncle who gives him a roof, a funny Arabic man who like him does not have a visa, and a french girl who is helping immigrants while taking a break from her real job.

The adventures of our protagonist will make you laugh, and they will make you sad. Either way, they are a clear representation of the reality for thousands of men who are completely forgotten by the world, and who were born to struggle. More than men, they are like ghosts in our cities.

As a conclusion, I would said, this is not the best movie I have seen by any means, but clearly a movie I am happy to have watched. I am not going to become a social worker just yet, but at least, the thought of these brave men will stay with me for more than a few seconds I previously dedicated to their cause.


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