Dheepan tells the story of a man named Dheepan, a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
Displaying an entirely new array of acting talent, French director Jacques Auidard’s succeeding film to the heart wrenching Rust and Bone holds the intensity, emotion, and thrills he’s well known for. The film thrives in silence and when there are spoken interactive scenes, it’s done so almost entirely in the Tamil language, showing the stark differences between the three major characters and the environment they’ve fled to with their interpretations of this new world contrastingly different without over sharing.
Even though its taken about a year for this film to be released after winning the Palme d’Or, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate with thousands of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country and a variety of European politicians complaining about a the migrants attempting to the welfare state. Dheepan shows, at least in part, what it’s like for a refugee without totally being in your face.
The one thing that I’m still not entirely convinced about, and from what I’ve seen many others are too, is the difference between the rawness of the majority of the film and closing almost “Hollywood” type ending. Though it kind of works, showing how far they’ve come, it doesn’t entirely fit in with the rest of the film we’ve seen.
Even though it’s a very good film, it suffers, like many a film in the marketplace these days, from being that little bit too long.