Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dreaming of France -- Samba

Thank you for joining this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

I'd  never heard about this movie, Samba, but found it "on demand" in my cable television movie section. It was under comedy, which, when considering a French movie, is always questionable. But there were some laugh-out-loud moments and some poignant moments.
Here's the trailer, in French, bien sur!

As  you can tell, Samba travels to Paris and works, sending money home to his mother and sisters in Senegal. He lives with his uncle and everything is fine until he tries to get a work permit for a permanent job. After Alice helps get him out of detention, he lives life on the edge, borrowing or purchasing other people's IDs to try to get work and running from the police.
Our college-aged son joined us for most of the movie and we ended up discussing immigration and the similarities between the U.S. and France, along with some of the differences.
Omar Sy is beautiful and an engaging actor. He was, by the way, born in France, not Senegal like the character he plays.
We watched this movie for $4.99 on demand. Well worth it for some beautiful shots of Paris, along with some inner knowledge about the trials facing immigrants.

Thanks so much for playing along with Dreaming of France. Please leave your name and a link to your blog on Mr. Linky below. I really appreciate your participation and I hope you'll leave a comment plus visit each other's blogs.


Sim Carter said...

Oh that's funny! It doesn't look like a comedy for the first half of the trailer and then it kicks in. Looks good! Two fine actors, that's for sure.

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But you are in France, Madame said...

I'm always on the look out for French film recommendations. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Omar Sy is much beloved in France. He was in a kind of odd couple movie, "Intouchables," which was a big hit.
More movie recommendations: "Dans la Maison," with Kristin Scott Thomas.
"Cash" with Jean Dujardin, a kind of Ocean's 11 set on the Cote d'Azur.
Some series:
The Asterix films, with Gerard Depardieu as Obelix. I especially liked the one about the Pyramids and the one about England (Catherine Deneuve plays the queen).
Les Bronzés: a group of friends on vacation (the title means "tanned"). They go to the beach, they go skiing, they get old and have plastic surgery (hilarious). See them all through the years.
Les Visiteurs: Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, both better known for serious roles, play a pair of medieval dudes who time travel to the present and get into many escapades. Hilarious. See them all!

Paulita said...

Sim, Thanks for playing along! Love your movie trailers.
Catherine, So happy to have found your blog. Thanks for joining in.
Francetaste, Thanks for the movie recommendations! I'll see if they are hilarious in the French way or American way.

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