Dheepan

Release date:May 13, 2016
(limited)

Studio:Sundance Selects (IFC Films)

Director:Jacques Audiard

MPAA Rating:R (for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity)

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Starring:Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Faouzi Bensaidi

Genre:Drama, Crime

Plot Summary:

A former soldier who assumes the name Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan), a young woman, Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and a nine year old orphan, Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby) pose as a family to gain political asylum in France after the Sri Lankan civil war has ended. Upon arrival in Paris, Dheepan gets a job as a resident caretaker at an apartment complex in a rough and violent northeast Parisian suburb. Not only must he, Yalini and Illayaal learn a new language and way of life, they must learn to live as a family and adjust to an equally violent environment run by gangs. When Yalini gets a job tending to an older man, she is introduced to his newly returned son Brahim (a magnetic Vincent Rottiers) who unsettles the entire housing estate and sets off a spate of gang violence. "Dheepan" is ultimately unable to entirely escape his violent past as he tries to protect the community and the family he's created.

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