• Dheepan (2016)


Release Date: May 6th, 2016

R |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Three Sri Lankan refugees (Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby) pretend to be a family as they try to make better lives for themselves in a Parisian housing project.

Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga, Faouzi Bensaidi, Bass Dhem, Joséphine de Meaux

Director: Jacques Audiard

Genres: Drama

Production Co: France 2 Cinema, Page 114, Why Not Productions

Keywords: France, Emotional, Transformation, Soldier, Family, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Jacques Audiard’s superb drama, which won the top prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, rises to the challenge with the power of art and not a scintilla of sentimentality. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The final third of Audiard's drama falls into crime-drama mode. It is tense and violent. But even if it feels true, given Dheepan's history with the Tamil Tigers, it also feels a little beside the point. show more

  • 90
    Allan HunterScreen International

    Proceeds without flashy tricks or showy technique, offering the pleasures of captivating storytelling with an irresistible human pulse. show more

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)