‘Samba’ tracks an immigrant’s problems in France (Our grade: B-)

Omar Sy, right, plays the title role in "Samba." (David Koskas/TNS)

Omar Sy, right, plays the title role in “Samba.” (David Koskas/TNS)

Gary Goldstein – Los Angeles Times

For much of its overlong running time, the French dramedy “Samba” is a warm and captivating look at the world of workers in that country illegally and the immigrant advocates battling on their behalf.

However, by its second half, the film, from writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano — of the 2011 international hit “The Intouchables” — becomes meandering and diffused, undermining the buckets of charm and goodwill it initially provides.

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