Friday, May 6, 2016

Dheepan (2015)

Director: Jacques Audiard. Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby. 115 min. France. Crime/Drama.

In this 2015 Palm d'Or winner, a Tamil fighter, a young woman, and a 9-year-old girl artificially pose as a family, to flee Sri Lanka to France. As their situation forces them under the same roof and exposes them to the culture shock of migration, they function exactly like any family: an emotional/territorial husband, a logical/protective wife, and a shelter-seeking child. But the question is, how much of his Sri Lanka war has the man brought to France? Without spoiling anything, let's just say a sense of protection exploding into violence, brings a certain Scorsese ending to mind ...

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