Movie Review – Samba

by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

‘Samba migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives Samba’s willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.’ (IMDb) (by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, 120 min.)

I enjoyed this film, but it wasn’t as good as Les Intouchables. I couldn’t really relate to the characters and except the amazing performance by Omar Sy, the others were ok. It wasn’t Charlotte Gainsbourg’s best performance. She was a bit grey and stuck-up and I know it was her character and she had to play it like this, but I don’t know if it was the best way for her to portray her character like this.

The other two actors were charming, but couldn’t go up to the level of Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Their relationship was cute to see evolve, but it was just a sidestep from the main storyline. But it did give a fresher story in the somewhat darker story.

3,5 out of 5 stars