Jacques Audiard

Dheepan

Dheepan

With this Palme d’Or–winning drama, which deftly combines seemingly disparate genres, French filmmaker Jacques Audiard cemented his status as a titan of contemporary world cinema. In an arresting performance, the nonprofessional actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan (himself a former child soldier) stars as a Tamil fighter who, along with a woman and a child posing as his wife and daughter, flees war-torn Sri Lanka only to land in a Paris suburb blighted by drugs. As the makeshift family embarks on a new life, Dheepan settles into an intimate social-realist mode before tightening into a dynamic turf-war thriller, as well as an unsettling study of the psychological aftereffects of combat. Searing and sensitive, Audiard’s film is a unique depiction of the refugee experience as a continuous crisis of identity.

Film Info

  • Jacques Audiard
  • France
  • 2015
  • 114 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Tamil, French, English
  • Spine #871

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital master, supervised by director Jacques Audiard and cinematographer Éponine Momenceau, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2015 featuring Audiard and coscreenwriter Noé Debré
  • New interview with Audiard
  • New interview with actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan
  • Deleted scenes with audio commentary from 2015 by Audiard and Debré
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Atkinson

New cover by Matt Rota

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital master, supervised by director Jacques Audiard and cinematographer Éponine Momenceau, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2015 featuring Audiard and coscreenwriter Noé Debré
  • New interview with Audiard
  • New interview with actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan
  • Deleted scenes with audio commentary from 2015 by Audiard and Debré
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Atkinson

New cover by Matt Rota

Dheepan
Cast
Antonythasan Jesuthasan
Dheepan
Kalieaswari Srinivasan
Yalini
Claudine Vinasithamby
Illayaal
Vincent Rottiers
Brahim
Marc Zinga
Youssouf
Faouzi Bensaïdi
Monsieur Habib
Nathan Anthonypillai
Interpreter
Bass Dhem
Azziz
Vasanth Selvam
Colonel Cheran
Credits
Director
Jacques Audiard
Screenplay by
Noé Debré
Screenplay by
Thomas Bidegain
Screenplay by
Jacques Audiard
Director of photography
Éponine Momenceau
Editor
Juliette Welfling
Music by
Nicolas Jaar
Production design by
Michel Barthélémy
Artistic collaboration by
Héléna Klotz
Costume design by
Chattoune

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