REVIEW: Samba | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

Narc. Magazine Online

Reliably informed

four

Director: Olivier Nakache

Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim

Cert: 15

Run Time: 118 mins

 

Occasionally I watch rom coms just to give my brain a rest, but Samba is beautifully cerebral. The constant air of potential menace gives it an edge, while a perfectly quirky performance from Charlotte Gainsbourg lends a nerdy, sexy twist to the calming presence of Omar Sy in the lead, title role.

Attempting to gain legal residence in Paris after working in a kitchen for ten years, Samba Cisse (Sy) is a Senegalese man on a mission to complete his chef’s training and earn enough money to send back to his family and create a life for himself and his uncle. Moving between a range of dead end jobs with his cheeky Latinesque pal, his slow-burning romance with fast-burning Alice (Gainsbourg) is charming and frustrating in equal measure. Featuring some truly funny moments interspersed with genuine drama and a range of emotions, this is a tale of morality, love and sorrow.

I can’t recommend this film highly enough; it is expertly written, with a great soundtrack and some fantastic aesthetics, but it is the connection between the actors that make this something really special.

Samba is now showing at the Tyneside Cinema.

Like this story? Share it!