Dheepan (2015)

 ●  Tamil ● 1 hr 55 mins

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Sivadhasan is a Tamil Tiger soldier during the last days of the Sri Lankan Civil War. After the armed conflict resolves, his side loses and he is forced to move to a refugee camp. There he decides to move to France to take a fresh chance at life. However, in order to secure political asylum, he requires a convincing cover story. He is given the passport of a dead man, Dheepan, and pairs with people he barely knows posing as his family. Along with his supposed wife, Yalini and his supposed 9-year-old daughter, Illayaal, they get on a ship bound for Paris. Upon arrival, he lands a job as a resident caretaker and starts building a new life in a housing project in Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, a northeastern suburb of Paris, which turns out to be another conflict zone for him.

Cast: Claudine Vinasithamby, Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan

Crew: Jacques Audiard (Director), Eponine Momenceau (Director of Photography), Nicolas Jaar (Music Director)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 22 Oct 2015 (Kuwait), 21 Jan 2016 (United Arab Emirates)

Tamil Name: தீபன்

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as Résident du Pré
as L'employé Pole-Emploi
as Youssouf
as Le faussaire pakistanais
as Brahim
as Azziz
as La résidente anniversaire
as La directrice de l'école
as Le facteur
as Invité pique-nique
as Résident du Pré
as Le gardien du Hall C
as Invité pique-nique
as Colonel Cheran
as Gardien
as Invité pique-nique
as Invité pique-nique
as Monsieur Habib
as La dame dans l'escalier
as Résident du Pré
as Le juriste au foyer
as Gardien
as Vendeuse bijoux
as Invité pique-nique
as Gardien (as Aimen Saidi)
as Vendeur de roses
as La jeune femme chez M. Habib
as La femme du camp de réfugié
as Vendeur de roses
as L'interprète


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Assistant Director


Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Steadicam Operator
Key Grip
Focus Puller


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Effects Editor
Foley Artist


Art Director
Production Designer
Assistant Art Director
Storyboard Artist
Set Dresser


Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Supervisor


First Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist

Special Effects

Special Effects Technician


Stunt Director
Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Artist
Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
English, French
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Movie Connection(s):
Bilingual of: Dheepan (French)
Lead actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan was a boy soldier with the Tamil Tigers before fleeing Sri Lanka for France, just like the character he plays in the movie.

The first film in Tamil language and with Tamil lead actors to win the Palme d'Or.

Lead actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan is a writer, novelist and political activist in real-life.

Dheepan (2015) marks the first leading role for Jesuthasan Antonythasan in a feature film. He only had a small supporting part in the 2011 Indian film Sengadal (2011) before.

A French film shot nearly entirely in Tamil language.

The female lead actors Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby never acted in a feature film before.

The first Audiard film that is not composed by Alexandre Desplat.

The first feature film of cinematographer Éponine Momenceau and composer Nicolas Jaar.