The academic year is over at Stirling and the blur of the exam period means that this blog hasn’t been updated as often as I would have liked but hopefully the weeks ahead will offer an opportunity to put that right, starting with a review of Samba, written by Amy Wylie, one of this year’s graduating students. Amy was one of a small group of students who took advantage of our ‘French freebies’ scheme to go and see the film as a well-earned treat after the exams. Here’s her take on it:
‘Samba, by co/directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, is a film I was thoroughly looking forward to, after having seen the award winning Intouchables. Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg play a fantastic double act, depicting the story of a Senegalese man who has been detained and ordered to leave France; the country he has called home for the last decade. Alice, who has recently started working as an immigration advocate, handles Samba’s case and they develop a close bond, despite Alice having being warned by her co/worker to keep her distance. The subject matter is at times upsetting but there is also a great deal of humour throughout the film. One scene shows Samba and his Brazilian friend doing a striptease whilst suspended half way up a multi-storey building. The music is quite uplifting, including Bob Marley’s – Waiting In Vain and Syreeta’s – To Know You Is To Love You. Overall, the film was thoroughly enjoyable and one I would definitely recommend!’
We’re hoping to be able to run the French freebies scheme again next year. In the meantime, thanks to Amy for the review!