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Illegal (2010)

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Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her son, Ivan. One day she is stopped for a routine check by the police and is arrested. Separated from Ivan, who manages to escape, she is placed in an immigration detention center for women and children. While utterly refusing to face expulsion, Tania thus begins a fight to preserve her dignity, identity and humanity, as well as find her son. -- (C) Film Movement

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Drama

Olivier Masset-Depasse

Jul 5, 2011

$404

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"Illegal" will give people on both sides of the immigrant debate something to think about.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A sad movie that makes you feel bad, partly because it gives so little room to thought.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Blunt, loud, and showboaty, Illegal suffers even more when compared with another recent Liège-set film about the horrors faced by paperless immigrants: the Dardennes' Lorna's Silence.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This is a film with a message, but it doesn't preach. The primary focus of the story is not on the immigration issue, but on Tania and her love for her son.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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full review at Movies for the Masses

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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Although made in Belgium, Olivier Masset-Depasse's drama depicts a scenario that should resonate on these shores as well.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
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Exhaustingly depressing view inside the legal morass faced by illegal immigrants awaiting deportation, but Coesens brings extraordinary yet empathetic toughness.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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A taut and powerful movie that might have easily been titled "Nobody is Illegal" given its courageous stance against the kind of xenophobia generated by a capitalist system in decline.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A well-crafted and realistic look at the shameful and humiliating treatment of illegal immigrants in Belgian detention centers.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A haunting excursion into the more often than not invisible world of single motherhood on the edge. And where women with no support systems or resources but tremendous determination would crawl through hell and back to protect and defend their children.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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