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"Illegal" will give people on both sides of the immigrant debate something to think about.
A sad movie that makes you feel bad, partly because it gives so little room to thought.
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.
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.
full review at Movies for the Masses
Although made in Belgium, Olivier Masset-Depasse's drama depicts a scenario that should resonate on these shores as well.
Exhaustingly depressing view inside the legal morass faced by illegal immigrants awaiting deportation, but Coesens brings extraordinary yet empathetic toughness.
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.
A well-crafted and realistic look at the shameful and humiliating treatment of illegal immigrants in Belgian detention centers.
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.
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