Synopsis: Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the 'family' moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his 'wife' and his 'daughter', but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Jacques Audiard
Production: Sundance Selects
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min


Do you understand french?

OK then, this

is to keep a record of

your expenses, OK?

Everything that you spend.

Try to translate what he says.

Let me know what you need.

Rags, brooms, whatever.

He talks very fast,

I don't understand

It doesn't matter.

Ask him if the water is OK.

- Is the water OK?

- Cmo?

- Can we drink the water?

- Of course, this is your home.

These buildings are A, B, C, D

and those over there E, F, G, H.

E, F, G, H were under construction

but they're finished now.

Anyway, you'll only deal

with A, B, C and D.

The others, not your problem.

You can do what you like

in the courtyard.

- This is the new housekeeper.

- Good morning.

Hi, boys. This is the new housekeeper.

Wait a second. Everything OK?

Is he talking about us?


OK, come in.

- Hi, how's things?

- Everything OK, what about you?

He's the new housekeeper,

I'm showing him around.

They occupy building D

and they're not always around.

You'll have to wait until they leave

to do the cleaning.

Tell him.

They're out between 7;OO and 11:00 am,

then it is OK to clean.

From 7:
00 to 11:00 am, you get it?

The milk, the honey, the sugar

and the lentils...

these foods I offer to you,

Oh, God with the elephant head,

pure as diamonds...

give me the Tamil of the three Sangam.

Oh, God Ganesh...

keep us safe...

and help us so everything

will be all right here.

Come and eat.


Take a spoon.

You can eat with your fingers.

Tomorrow, at school, she'll

need to eat with a spoon.

I can't find my school pouch.

Go to bed.

Do you have a pillow?

You're a girl.

You don't need one.

I'll sleep over there.

Move further.

He's the new housekeeper

and she's Illayaal.

Does she speak a little french?

A little.

Did she go to school in Sri Lanka?

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Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard (French: [ʒak odjaʁ]; born 30 April 1952) is a French film director and screenwriter. He is the son of Michel Audiard, also a screenwriter and film director. He has won both the César Award for Best Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language twice, in 2005 for The Beat That My Heart Skipped and in 2010 for A Prophet, as well as winning the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. His 2012 film Rust and Bone, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the BFI London Film Festival Award for Best Film. His 2015 film Dheepan won the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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