Dheepan doesn't have the organic flow and sense of destination for its characters that Audiard's masterpiece, A Prophet, did, having a character arc but not quite a dramatic one. It's an immigrant drama that is too realistic, as in ordinary, to be cinematic. That is, until its final 10 minutes, that's too cinematic to be realistic, an odd balance. Either way, it lacks a course and direction for its wavery narrative.
A good film if not a deserved Palme d'Or winner. The premise is worthy for filmic inquiry, but its attempt to convey multicultural social realism lacks authenticity, and the characters lack the psychological depth required to avoid caricature. Audiard is a competent filmmaker, but the chance to explore fraught social milieus seems like a missed opportunity.
« Fais-moi un bisou, comme tout le monde. » We follow three different souls, whom in the beginning are complete strangers to each other. All they have in common is their culture, language and memories of an on-going war in their homeland. I melted a bit when Dheepan and Yalini shared an intimate moment at the dining table while talking about his lack of understanding French humor. Lovely and touching.
Great insight into today's conflicts and struggles. And, again, Jacques Audiard is talented presenting lead characters as imperfect, flawed humans, like we truly are. The narrative looks at how a french "banlieue" ruled by gangs becomes the second landscape for violence of a trio. A man, a woman and a chid that are learning how to be a family of refugees, the way found to escape war in their homeland Sri Lanka.
I still remember the mixture of confusion and annoyance from critics when Dheepan won a surprise Palme d'Or, and while it's a functional film, it's certainly an ordinary one. Jacques Audiard knows where to point the camera, but Dheepan ultimately gives in to the most irksome trend of what passes for serious social realism these days: movies that scream "I'm the stuff of life!" but feel like the stuff of fiction.
very mixed up... i can see why it was received positively given that a french director made this movie at the time that he did, but i wish it had been more about the main characters and their unit instead of telling also some half side story about french crime. the last ten minutes totally lost the plot
i thought the first part of the film was really good but it just turned into some kamikaze action that unfortunately, ruined itself. i guess i was expecting some commentary on the migrant experience and while the film did try to humanise and complicate it, it went spiralling downwards into a psuedo crime/action/gang plot.