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Dheepan (2015)

R | | Crime, Drama | 13 May 2016 (USA)
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Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.

Director:

Jacques Audiard

Writers:

Jacques Audiard (dialogue), Jacques Audiard (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesuthasan Antonythasan ... Dheepan
Kalieaswari Srinivasan ... Yalini
Claudine Vinasithamby ... Illayaal
Vincent Rottiers ... Brahim
Faouzi Bensaïdi Faouzi Bensaïdi ... Monsieur Habib
Marc Zinga ... Youssouf
Bass Dhem ... Azziz
Franck Falise Franck Falise ... Le gardien du Hall C
Joséphine de Meaux Joséphine de Meaux ... La directrice de l'école
Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux ... Le juriste au foyer
Nathan Anthonypillai Nathan Anthonypillai ... L'interprète
Vasanth Selvam Vasanth Selvam ... Colonel Cheran
Kartik Krishnan Kartik Krishnan ... Le faussaire au Sri Lanka
Rudhra Rudhra ... La femme du camp de réfugié
Tassadit Mandi Tassadit Mandi ... La dame dans l'escalier
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Storyline

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 Polly_Kat

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When the war continues to rage in your heart and mind.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

Tamil | French | English

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erran See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,249, 8 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$247,597, 29 July 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dheepan (2015) marks the first leading role for Jesuthasan Antonythasan in a feature film. He only had a small supporting part in the 2011 Indian film Sengadal (2011) before. See more »

Quotes

Dheepan: The war is not over, but for me... it's over.
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Connections

References Nayakan (1987) See more »

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Marche Arrière - Hugo
Written by Hugo TSR / Char le gouffre
Performed by Hugo TSR
(p) Hugo TSR
© Char le gouffre / Chambre Froide Prod
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They escaped from hell to finally find another hell
29 August 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

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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