Samba

Four years after the release of their international box-office sensation, Intouchables, writer-directors Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano and actor Omar Sy release their new film, Samba. Sy plays Samba, a Senegalese immigrant. Without the proper papers it is hard for Samba to find a job, and there is the possibility he might be deported at any time. He then meets Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the volunteer immigration co-ordinator assigned to his case. A long, tentative romantic courtship start. Alice, just recovering from a burn-out, is clumsy, nervous and shy. Samba is full of energy and certainly not shy. The film tries to navigate the waters between social drama and romantic comedy. Whatever drama there is not really compelling because the comedy gets in the way. There is a way to make a comedy work well with social elements, and Samba is not very convincing. As for the comedy, it feels forced, particularly from Gainsbourg. Most of the time I was annoyed, so I cannot recommend Samba.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Samba

Directed by:
Olivier Nakache
Eric Toledano

Screenplay by:
Olivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
Muriel Coulin
Based on the novel by Delphine Coulin

Starring:
Omar Sy
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Tahar Rahim

118 min.

Rated 14A

In French with English subtitles.

 

 

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