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"When the war continues to rage in your heart and mind"
  • R
  • 2016
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 7.2  (16,707)
  • 76

Dheepan is a 2015 French crime drama film directed by Jacques Audiard. The movie stars Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, and Claudine Vinasithamby in lead roles. It tells the story of Dheepan, a former Tamil Tiger fighter who flees from Sri Lanka to France along with a woman and a young girl to start a new life. The movie begins with Dheepan in a refugee camp in Sri Lanka. He is then given the identity of a dead man named Dheepan, along with a woman named Yalini and a girl named Illayaal. Together, they travel to France as a fake family to escape the war and violence back home.

Once in France, they move to a housing project in a rough neighborhood where Dheepan works as a caretaker. However, this is not the peaceful life they had hoped for. The project is plagued by gang violence and drug trafficking, making it a dangerous place to live.

Despite the challenges, Dheepan tries to make a life for himself and his fake family. Yalini finds work as a caregiver for an elderly man while Illayaal goes to school. Dheepan also tries to maintain a distance from the gang violence at the project, but he gets dragged into it when one of the gang members is murdered.

As Dheepan becomes more involved with the gang, he realizes that he must take drastic measures to protect his family. This leads to a violent confrontation between him and the gang, which will decide their fate in the neighborhood.

The film portrays the struggles of refugees and immigrants who try to make a new life in a foreign land while dealing with personal and social challenges. It highlights the emotional struggle of all three characters as they try to overcome their past and rebuild their lives.

The movie is skillfully directed with excellent performances from the entire cast. Jesuthasan Antonythasan, a former LTTE child soldier himself, delivers a captivating performance as Dheepan. He portrays the character's complex emotions and decisions with nuance and authenticity. Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby also give convincing performances as Yalini and Illayaal.

The movie's cinematography is impressive, capturing the stark contrast between the lush greenery of Sri Lanka and the gritty housing projects of France. The score also adds to the movie's tension, creating a sense of unease throughout.

In conclusion, Dheepan is a poignant depiction of the struggle of refugees and immigrants to rebuild their lives in a foreign land. It offers a humanistic perspective on the challenges faced by those who try to escape war and conflict in search of a better life. It is a powerful and thought-provoking movie that should be watched by anyone who wishes to better understand the struggles of refugees and immigrants.

Dheepan is a 2016 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 76.

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