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FEAST YOUR EYES: DHEEPAN

Director: JACQUES AUDIARD

115 minutes, France, 2015, Digital, Subtitled


This film was released 19th April 2016, and is no longer screening.

Our monthly Feast Your Eyes event when we screen Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan followed by a specially devised main course in the IFI Café Bar. (Click here for the main Dheepan event page.)

When a Tamil Tiger finds himself in a refugee camp in the closing days of the Sri Lankan Civil War, the only way he can make a new start for himself is with a more sympathetic cover story. Enlisting a random woman and orphaned child to pose as his family, the three are sent to a housing project in a Parisian suburb. While he is appointed caretaker and she cooks and cleans for an infirm, elderly man whose nephew heads the local gang of drug dealers, their ‘daughter’ must adapt to the complexities of her school environment. Although the main narrative concerns Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan, an author, activist and former Tamil Tiger himself) being drawn into gang-related violence, the film’s real strengths lie in its depiction of the family members’ developing bonds, and the fresh perspective it brings to a familiar environment.

This month’s main course menu:
Kukul mas curry (Chicken Curry with coconut)
Deviled sweet and sour fish curry
Vegetarian: Parippu (Sri Lankan Dhal Curry)

All the above are served with mixed fried rice and wholemeal roti (bread)

 

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