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Dheepan 2015 15

117 mins France Director. Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard won the Palme d’Or for this pulsating tale which again affirms his dextrous skill in weaving steel and heart; humane drama and gritty action. Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) is a veteran Tamil Tiger guerrilla forced to flee Sri Lanka following the end of the civil war. The surest way to attain safe passage is to pose as a family, so he sets off with two strangers as his ‘wife’ Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and ‘daughter’ Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby).

Starting afresh in Paris, they face numerous hurdles, from adapting to a new country to holding down menial jobs and attempting to maintain a sense of normal family life, despite all three being relative strangers.

But their world is further shaken when Dheepan becomes embroiled with a local gang, instinctively reverting to his old combat skillset to save the family he’s grown to love.

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Directed by

Jacques Audiard


Claudine Vinasithamby

Kalieaswari Srinivasan

Antonythasan Jesuthasan




Refugee Week Best of BAFTA Festival Favourites


15 strong language, violence







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