Samba (France 2): have you spotted Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano in their own film?

Samba (France 2): have you spotted Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano in their own film?

In UntouchablesOmar Sy embodied a caregiver like no other, who takes care of François Cluzet, a wealthy quadriplegic. Inspired by a True Storythe movieEric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (to whom we owe series In Therapy) is a triumph, with nearly 20 million admissions and 281 million dollars in revenue, the biggest French success at the world box office. In 2014, the star of Lupine and of far from the ring road returns in front of the camera of his favorite filmmakers with Samba, a beautiful humanist comedy, broadcast this Sunday, July 31 at 9 p.m. on France 2. He plays an undocumented person, living on odd jobs and trying by all means to avoid expulsion from French soil. He crosses paths with Alice (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, in the cast of season 2 of In therapy), a senior executive exhausted by a burn-out and volunteer in an association. Note in the casting: the presence of Tahar Rahim, who pretends to be a Brazilian and Izïa Higelin, perfect as a pugnacious humanitarian.

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Samba : an ambitious film for Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache

For the script, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache based on the novel Samba for France by Delphine Coulinpublished by Editions du Seuil in 2011.They are the same characters. On the other hand, when it was funny in the book, we kept it, and when it was too dark, we tried to lighten it up a bit, in particular through the dialogues“, they explain in the press kit of the film. The filmmaking duo had long thought of looking into the fate of undocumented migrants, “these workers who we see smoking outside in kitchen aprons at the exit of restaurants – Africans, Asians, Sri Lankans on a break for a few moments“. A ten-page script was already written, even before the production ofUntouchables. With this film, with more political accents, the two directors displayed a new ambition and had offered themselves a little pleasure.

Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache: their cameo in Samba

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Alfred Hitchcock appeared in all of his feature films. Other directors like Martin Scorsese, in Taxi Driver, Casino, After Hours, Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocenceor Pedro Almodóvar (Volver) have also made cameos in their own films. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano carried on this tradition in Samba playing respectively a pony entertainer and a bar owner. This gives furtive moments of comedy, where the filmmakers, in the skin of characters a bit nervous, show a beautiful self-mockery. Eric Toledano seems to have taken a liking to acting because, a year later, he was in the credits, in a small role, of The Girl from Brest by Emmanuelle Bercot. Will the duo renew the experience in A difficult year, his new comedy with Pio Marmaï, Jonathan Cohen and Noémie Merlant? Answer in theaters October 18, 2023.

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