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France · 2015
Rated R · 1h 51m
Director Jacques Audiard
Starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers
Genre Crime, Drama

Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France. To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, Dheepan, a young woman, and a little girl pose as a family, settling in a housing project outside Paris. Although they barely know one another, they must try to build a life together.

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Empire by

Once again Audiard articulates big themes within a mosaic of everyday struggles. A painful yet rewarding tale of social strife and uplifting resilience.


The Guardian by Andrew Pulver

This may not be the director’s most immediately electrifying film, but in its understated way, it’s an immensely powerful work.


Village Voice by Bilge Ebiri

Ultimately, Dheepan is the story of three people struggling to maintain their humanity, even as they lose their identities.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

This is a strong movie about a man in need of a new start, made by someone who could benefit from one of his own.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

It shows Audiard once again drawn to resilient people in punishing situations, and its arc from the opening images of death to its final notes of hope and wholeness is quite moving.


The Playlist by Oliver Lyttelton

This really is Audiard operating at the top of his game, mostly dropping the contrivances of "Rust & Bone" for incisive character studies and a deeply humane, almost warm, worldview.

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