The latest Movies in the Mountains film at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre is the intriguing story of an illegal immigrant battling deportation from Paris.
Samba (Omar Sy) is from Senegal in Africa. He’s kept a low profile in France for ten years, working in an up-market kitchen, until bureaucracy catches up with him and he is thrown into jail while his residency status is determined.
As his life hangs in the air, Samba meets immigration worker Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a depressed volunteer social worker who has taken a temporary leave from her high-powered human resources job.
Immediately they have a connection, despite Alice’s coworker’s refrain to “keep her distance” and not get attached. What follows is a slow burning romance as a friendship of sorts blossoms between the two.
Meanwhile, on release from confinement, Samba’s world is turned upside down as he continues to live in Paris while avoiding the French authorities. He is befriended by the cheeky and unflappable Brazilian Wilson (Tahar Rahim), whose antics breathe life into the film, and tries to survive with a multitude of random, under-the-table labour jobs.
Samba moves at a steady pace and despite its serious storyline with a cast of misfit characters, each battling their own demons, it’s a heart-warming film with many surprising moments of hilarity.
When: Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre, 1007 Vernon Ave, Revelstoke.
Tickets: $9. Buy tickets online and enter promo code revmountaineer for a special online-only 5% discount.