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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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Esse Lawson
as Aïssa
Denis Dupont
as Dimitri
Tomasz Bialkowski
as Monsieur Nowak
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Critic Reviews for Illegal

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
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
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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2011
Laramie Movie Scope

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
Movies for the Masses

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

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
NYC Film Critic

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