• Samba (2015)


Release Date: July 24th, 2015

R |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

Sparks fly between an illegal immigrant (Omar Sy) and the caseworker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who tries to help him stay in Paris.

Cast: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izïa Higelin, Youngar Fall, Issaka Sawadogo, Hélène Vincent, Christiane Millet

Director: Eric Toledano , Olivier Nakache

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Angoa-Agicoa, Indéfilms Initiative, Procirep, Quad Productions, Ten Films, Canal+, TF1, Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, Cinémage 8 Développement, Ciné+

Keywords: 2010s, France, Love, Transformation, Engaging

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    But Samba’s personality, intriguingly volatile for a while, turns unpredictable, with no coherent center, as suspicion grows that the film’s stylistic shifts — including a genial parody of a well-known Coke commercial — are little more than pretexts for showing what its multitalented star can do. show more

  • 40
    Jordan MintzerThe Hollywood Reporter

    Neither funny enough as an outright comedy nor solid enough as a drama, and certainly not believable as an affaire de coeur. show more

  • 70
    Tim AppeloTheWrap

    Most elements of Samba sound mockable, and are. Yet it does have oodles of charm, plus a cast of characters that feels like an impromptu family circle. show more

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