Cinematique Presents: "Dheepan"

Jun 21, 2016

Monday-Friday, July 4-8, 7 pm

Wednesday, July 6, 4 pm

The Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre

Dheepan (Jesuthasan Anthonythasan) 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. (Rated R, 1 hour 40 minutes)

“It burrows into the hearts and minds of human beings trying to find a world in which it's possible to have a life worth living.” – Michael Ordonña, San Francisco Chronicle

“Scene by scene, there's a leanness and economy to Audiard's filmmaking that gradually shifts, via dreamlike ellipses and temporal blurs, into a poetically heightened register.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times