Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the 'family' moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his 'wife' and his 'daughter', but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.Written by
They escaped from hell to finally find another hell
Please do not watch this as another vigilante movie from the seventies...Watch it as another Jacques Audiard's excellent piece of work, if not a masterpiece. Many elements here, in the way of filming, especially violence, remind me UN PROPHETE. This is the story of a refugee from Sri Lanka who is in company of a woman and a young girl, all from the same country, but not relatives for each other, even if they impersonate as so...They are just acquaintances to each other, and that makes the scheme even more poignant and powerful. The two of them find a deadly job as caretakers in a french suburb ghetto. With all that means to them. They who hardly speak french will have to fight like dogs to survive in another war, another hell. They will dive in violence and brutality again. But their best weapon will be that use to violence, that violence for which they were all used too, and in far worst conditions, in far worst context. A very gripping social movie that may be watched as a crime movie too. Vincent Rottiers is convincing as a gang leader just released from jail. Although he is not an Arab to play an Arab character. That would be the only drawback of this outstanding film. Great winner of Cannes Festival.
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