Senegalese Samba has worked 10 years in France. He's arrested and befriends the woman helping him with legal matters as volunteer after a burnout at work. He's released after being told to leave France. Chemistry?
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Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.Written by
Toronto International Film Festival
I walked out of the cinema with a smile on my face, I was entertained watching this movie. Samba is just like the dance, slick, emotional but also fun. Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg's rapport on film felt natural and wasn't overplayed all actors on this movie, do it justice. The reality of illegal immigrants is not what this movie is about this movie is about hope through 4 different main characters, Samba, Alice, Wilson and Manu, spotlight is on Samba and Alice, but you get a sense that really it's all about Samba and his survival in the urban jungle. Charlotte Gainsbourg gives a riveting performance, as a tortured soul in need of feeding and nurturing, at times filling the screen with her beauty at others looking so raw and in pain, it's all in her eyes and a gentle pitch in her voice, I don't think her voice has changed much since l'Effrontée ( she was 15 and that was 25 years ago!). Tahar Rahim was also very believable as Wilson, he has fun with this role, but never takes away from Omar Sy, good supporting actor's performance from him. The soundtrack is uplifting with the theme song To Know you is to Love you by Stevie Wonder with Syreeta, the melody punctuates the film throughout and you walk out humming it to yourself. The ending is french it's after all a french movie so no "fluffy, Hollywood,let's all live happily ever after ", cheesy ending for Samba. Just a natural conclusion, a blend of softness and release.
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