With an early taste of the upcoming summer movie season arriving with “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” and with “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Captain America: Civil War” yet to come, you might feel the need for a cinematic palate cleanser somewhere in there. Well, how about a Palme d’Or winner?
Starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, and Marc Zinga, Jacques Audiard‘s Palme d’Or winner tells the story of three Sri Lankans who pose as a family so they can start their lives over in France. However, the horrors of the past aren’t soon forgotten, and emerge in some surprising ways as they try to find footing in their new home. Here’s the official 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.
“Dheepan” opens on May 13th. Check out the new U.S. trailer below along with two clips from the film.