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Dheepan (2015)

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Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.

Director:

Jacques Audiard

Writers:

Jacques Audiard (dialogue), Jacques Audiard (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesuthasan Antonythasan ... Dheepan
Kalieaswari Srinivasan ... Yalini
Claudine Vinasithamby ... Illayaal
Vincent Rottiers ... Brahim
Faouzi Bensaïdi Faouzi Bensaïdi ... Monsieur Habib
Marc Zinga ... Youssouf
Bass Dhem Bass Dhem ... Azziz
Franck Falise Franck Falise ... Le gardien du Hall C
Joséphine de Meaux Joséphine de Meaux ... La directrice de l'école
Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux ... Le juriste au foyer
Nathan Anthonypillai Nathan Anthonypillai ... L'interprète
Vasanth Selvam Vasanth Selvam ... Colonel Cheran
Kartik Krishnan Kartik Krishnan ... Le faussaire au Sri Lanka
Rudhra Rudhra ... La femme du camp de réfugié
Tassadit Mandi Tassadit Mandi ... La dame dans l'escalier
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Storyline

Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the 'family' moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his 'wife' and his 'daughter', but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family. Written by Polly_Kat

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When the war continues to rage in your heart and mind.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

Tamil | French | English

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erran See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,249, 8 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$247,597, 29 July 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first film by Jacques Audiard that left the César Awards empty-handed despite having multiple nominations (9). See more »

Quotes

Yalini: Lord Ganesh, spare us misfortune, make things go well here.
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Connections

References Nayakan (1987) See more »

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Bonbon
Written by Anton Newcombe
Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
© Eagle-l Music Publishing (PRS)
Avec l'autorisation de / Courtesy of A Recordings
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Tough legal migration family drama from the maker of "A Prophet"
25 July 2016 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Dheepan" (2015 release from France; 115 min.) brings the story of a group of Sri Lanka refugees in Paris. As the movie opens, we see a man cremating bodies in the open, and we wonder what is happening. We also see a woman wandering around looking for a child who has lost his or her mother, which she eventually does. Eventually, the picture becomes clearer: in order to be able to migrate into Europe, these three need to pretend to be a family and use a deceased man's (Deepan) passport. They end up in a tough suburb ('banlieu') of Paris, where Dheepan gets a job as the maintenance/groundskeeper guy but where local gangs also run their drug activities. At this point we're 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see how it'll all play out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest from writer-director Jacques Audiard, best known for "A Prophet" and "Rust & Bone". I will go see anything this guy does, simply on the basis of his proved talent and track record, time and again. Here he brings a tough story of, on the one hand, how third-world refugees try to adopt and integrate into a Western society, and on the other hand, the even tougher challenge to survive in a crime-and-drugs infested environment. It doesn't make for easy viewing at times. The three lead performers (bringing us Dheepan, his supposed wife, and supposed daughter) are all nothing short of outstanding. The last 20 minutes of the movie will absolutely blow you away (sorry, can't say more than that).

This movie won the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Why it has taken over a year to reach US theaters, I have no idea, but better later than not. The movie finally opened this past weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I couldn't wait to see it. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended reasonably well, but I'm not sure this movie will play more than 1 or 2 weeks in the theater, sadly. If you are in the mood for a tough family drama that gives a great insight in some of the struggles encountered by legal migrants in Europe, you cannot go wrong with this, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray. "Dheepan" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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