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Samba (2014)

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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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Éric Toledano (scenario), Olivier Nakache (scenario) | 3 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sy ... Samba Cissé
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Alice
Tahar Rahim ... Walid dit Wilson
Izïa Higelin ... Manu
Issaka Sawadogo ... Jonas Karanoto
Hélène Vincent ... Marcelle
Youngar Fall Youngar Fall ... L'oncle Lamouna
Christiane Millet Christiane Millet ... Madeleine
Jacqueline Jehanneuf Jacqueline Jehanneuf ... Maggy
Liya Kebede ... Magali dite Gracieuse
Sabine Pakora Sabine Pakora ... Gracieuse - la gérante du salon
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Josiane - de l'agence d'intérim
Boubacar Ndiaye Boubacar Ndiaye ... Un migrant à l'association
Oumar Makalou Oumar Makalou ... Un migrant à l'association
Roukiata Ouedraogo Roukiata Ouedraogo ... Un migrant à l'association
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Storyline

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

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Sometimes those with nothing have the most to lose.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France] | Official site

Country:

France

Release Date:

15 October 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Самба See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,041, 31 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$149,805, 23 August 2015
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Swiss censorship certificate # 1010.59. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Ni le début d'abus.
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Crazy Credits

A continuation of the last scene showing Samba walking through Paris is seen behind the initial credits (till around one-third of the way through the credits). See more »


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Stomp
Written by Valerie Johnson, Rod Temperton, Louis Johnson and George Johnson
Performed by the Brothers Johnson
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To know you is to love you
5 June 2015 | by mouniniSee all my reviews

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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