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Comedy, Drama

Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. 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. Read more …

The critical consensus

A mismatch of tones, weird narrative leaps, scenes that go nowhere, but at least it doesn’t decend into miserablism.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 30/04/2015

Predictable plotting but this romantic comedy has heart and charm.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 01/05/2015

Overlong and leisurely, Samba is still a charmer thanks to the performances of the two stars.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 01/05/2015

From the directors who brought us the breezy Intouchables comes the story of a Senegalese kitchen worker struggling to stay in France.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 03/05/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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