18 June, 2021

The Palms Of Jaffna

Sri Lanka’s troubles hover over Dheepan

Reuters (From Outlook 15 June 2015)
The Palms Of Jaffna

In his seventh feature film, Dheepan, which won the coveted Golden Palm award at the 68th Cannes Film Festival recently, 63-year-old Jacques Audiard makes love, not war.

Despite the fact that the film begins in war-torn Sri Lanka only to make its way into what can be described as a French suburban guerrilla zone, Dheepan is a deeply moving love story. Audiard uses the noir genre—the film pans out like a thriller, with several scenes of extreme viole­nce—to tell us a story prop­e­­l­led by two magnificent act­­­­ors, Ant­­­­­­­­o­­nythasan Jesu­th­­a­san, a former Tamil Tiger tur­ned writer and actor, and India’s Kal­ieaswari Srin­ivasan, who plays Dheepan’s pretend Sri Lankan wife here.

It’s a fake family that goes from Sri Lanka to France. Dheepan has lost his family to the war, as has Yalini. She is on the lookout for a man and an orphan (Illayal, played by Claudine Vinasitha­mby) who could pass off as her...

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