SAMBA | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 113m 36s

Release date 24/08/2015

Ratings Info strong language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Olivier Nakache,Eric Toledano

Cast includes Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izïa Higelin, Issaka Sawadogo, Hélène Vincent, Youngar Fall, Christiane Millet, Jacqueline Jehanneuf

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 14/08/2015

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SAMBA is a French drama about an illegal immigrant who develops a relationship with a French woman while struggling to stay in Paris.


Occasional use of strong language ('f**k'). Milder bad language includes 'shit', 'crap', 'screwed' and 'pissed'.

Other issues include some moderate violence as a man is beaten up by a gang of men and left with a bloody cut on his temple. In another scene, two men struggle with a few punches and a bite to a man's arm. The pair eventually fall into a river and disappear.

There are also some mild sex references as a couple are said to be 'really going at it' and 'making babies' when they kiss passionately on a bed. Another couple kiss and remove the man's shirt as they lie on a bed. There are some references to how a woman enjoys the excesses of vices such as 'food, drink, sex'.

There are some references to the use of prescription pills for depression and insomnia.


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113m 36s
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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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