Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
The toughest thing is learning to live with each other. For each adult it is like having two kids to deal with; teenager and spouse are equally petulant. It is not merely the practical things that are needed to survive, it is learning from each other, talking, having a sense of humor, kindness and love. In this sense, this family of strangers could be any in the world. We all could believe in this "fiction."
There were times during the film, for instance a character flashback and close-up of an elephant on the verge of charging, where I felt a rush of emotion. It was such a change of tempo in sound, plot and vision, and so magical even as brief as it was, that it was like an electrical current surging along my spine. I wish there were more such flashbacks, but that might have taken from the charm. The plot of the story, a migration from a war-torn land and individuals reconstructing their lives as well as their identities, is timely and portent. The only addition for a perfect film; more believable acting. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Seen at the 2016 Miami International Film Festival.
- Mar 27, 2016