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Review of "SAMBA"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2015
REVIEW: "SAMBA" by Jayne Waterford

Who isn't impressed with the lucid dreaming ad by Honda? "Wake up Brian!" It's brilliant!

Why see Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano's "SAMBA" (2014)? "SAMBA" is characterised by superb performance. It's so good that we are simply watching a segment of what's happening in France and are free to realise our own comportment to the issue of immigration.

"SAMBA" stars Omar Sy in the title role. You might remember him as the life enabling Driss in Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano 's "INTOUCHABLES" (2011). As Samba Cissé he is an immigrant with aspirations as a fully qualified chef in France.

Charlotte Gainsburg beings so much. From Lars von Trier's muse in "MELANCHOLIA" and "NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I & VOLUME II" (2013) she stars here as Alice, Samba's serious love interest. Her character brings so much seathing ability, so much so that a line of men hide their phones when she appears in a boardroom. These people are not no one and yet their struggles are of the everyman.

And that is where the film got me. You can consider

the plight of peopled.

Somebody dies and we are struck by the humanity of this film.


Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2015.

Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano's
"SAMBA" (2014)

Director Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Producers Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim
DP/Cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine
Music Ludovico Einaudi
Release Date 3rd March 2015
Category Drama
Running Time 118 minutes (1 hour, 58 minutes)
Rating M
Origin France
Coda No

Distributor Transmission Films
Official Text "" - Transmission Films PR
Copyrighted David Koskas Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano on the set of his film "SAMBA" (2014).
Copyrighted David Koskas Film still from Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano's "SAMBA" (2014).
Film still from Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano's "SAMBA" (2014).
Film still from Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano's "SAMBA" (2014).