french films > Samba




Review score: * * * * *

cast: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim

year: 2014

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

runtime: 120

A funny and moving tale from the directors of French hit Intouchables. Ten years after moving to France from Senegal, Samba (Omar Sy) plugs away at various lowly jobs. Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Samba is willing to do whatever it takes to get some working papers, while Alice is trying to get her life back on track by doing volunteer work in an association.
The pair meet when, in desperation, Samba seeks the charity’s help to get the working papers that will allow him to stay in the country he now calls home. Both struggling to improve their lives, fate draws them together and down an unlikely path that will change them both irreparably.
Also starring popular French actress Izia Higelin and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s directorial follow up combines humour and heart in equal measure. Samba and Alice’s story is a touching, contemporary look at issues – both personal and within our society – but with a lightness and soul to melt even the hardest of hearts.


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