Dheepan (2016)

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 6, 2016
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2017
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dheepan offers a timely, powerful look at the modern immigrant experience in Europe.

Adam Graham
Detroit News

The film simmers and builds until it boils over in an explosive climax. And it shows how far people will go just to be able to cling to some semblance of hope.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Like the best fiction, it takes the most incomprehensible stories of our time and makes them hauntingly, inescapably clear.

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Courtney Howard
Fresh Fiction

Potential is a terrible thing to waste.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Shooting on actual locations and with a cast of nonprofessional actors, writer-director Jacques Audiard keeps the neorealism pumping until a third act concession to conventionality (and vigilantism) leads it in the direction of Cannon Pictures.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The living, the dying and the dead populate this superb French thriller balancing gang violence, refugee plight and family drama.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The final reel is violent, melodramatic and implausible.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A Jacques Audiard movie looks deceptively naturalistic, but it's as tightly coiled as a thriller and it hides allegories. Despite a controversial left-hand turn in the final moments, "Dheepan" is no exception.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

For three-quarters of its running time, "Dheepan" feels like something special.

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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

It succeeds in wrapping up a story that wouldn't otherwise have a tidy ending, but jarring as it might seem to some doesn't minimize the accomplishment of showing us the world through different eyes.

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Carlos MagalhŃes
The three main actors are fantastic (in their first roles), conveying with great naturalness the hardships faced by refugees who flee from their countries to… More
Daniel Parsons
Another near masterpiece from director Jacques Audiard, Dheepan grapples many complex plot threads but the biggest ace card are three lead performances which… More