‘Samba’

209765Lots of heart and plenty of humour save this somewhat lightweight, albeit humane, story of a serious subject – long-term illegal immigration. The fabulous Omar Sy (The Intouchables) and the usually scatty Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia, Nymphomaniac) are surprisingly convincing in their evolving relationship (the heart of the film) but writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (The Intouchables) spread the material too thinly in an attempt to cover too many stories.

Rating: 54%

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