With the U.S. election cycle gearing up, you can be sure that illegal immigration will be a central issue. The rhetoric will get fairly charged on the right and left, but one movie from abroad aims to put a human face on the subject. And today you can see what “Samba” has to add to the conversation.
The movie comes from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the writer/directors behind the foreign film smash “The Intouchables.” This time, they reteam with that film’s star Omar Sy, alongside Tahar Rahim and Charlotte Gainsbourg, for a story of a illegal immigrant battling deportation. Here’s the official synopsis:
Samba reunites The Intouchables’ acclaimed directing duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, with award-winning actor Omar Sy in a richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris. When Samba (Sy) is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart. As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism.
“Samba” opens on July 24th. Watch below and check out our review from TIFF.