Illegal (2011)



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

Mar 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A sad movie that makes you feel bad, partly because it gives so little room to thought.

Mar 24, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5

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.

Mar 22, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 20, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

full review at Movies for the Masses

Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Although made in Belgium, Olivier Masset-Depasse's drama depicts a scenario that should resonate on these shores as well.

Mar 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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