‘Dheepan’ is the work of art from Jacques Audiard who has created the likes of ‘Rust and Bone’ and ‘A Prophet’. The film also received a Palme d’or award, so my expectations of this film were set high. It certainly didn’t disappoint either, keep reading to find out why.
From acclaimed director Audiard ‘Dheepan’ is a story like no other. Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) is a Sri Lankan immigrant who is forced to leave his home land when a civil war breaks out. He poses as a family with a woman named Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and young child named Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby) – that he met along the way, and together they try build a new life in France. Dheepan finds work as a caretaker in the suburbs of Paris, and despite the positive start things deteriorate quicker than expected. Faced with daily violence on their housing block, the ‘family’ fall victim to a new kind of war.
Audiard has created a masterpiece that has left me speechless, thinking and desperate for change. Although at times the film comes across as lurid, it does a fine job at mirroring the world we currently live in. Focusing on real people, with real problems is something that has been done effortlessly in ‘Dheepan’. Antonythasan and Srinivasan create a sense of authenticity to their roles – Dheepan and Yalini are not afraid of the human experience. This film challenges all conventional characters and their cliches, and instead portrays relatable characters that people can connect with.
‘Dheepan’ is emotionally engaging and will leave you asking questions about the state of our society. It is out on DVD from August 8.