Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Illégal (2010)

Illégal (2010)

Genre: Drama
Director: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Starring: Anne Coesens, Alexandre Gontcharov
Duration: 90 min.
Rating: 6.8/10

Tania and her 14-year-old son Ivan are illegal Russian immigrants who have been living in Belgium for eight years.  Constantly on the alert, Tania is fearful of police checks until the day when she is finally arrested.  Separated from her son, Tania finds herself in a detention centre.  She is prepared to do anything to be reunited with her son, but the threat of deportation hangs over her...


Illégal is a film written and directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse.  It is nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 36th Cesar Awards, and was Belgium's official selection to the 83rd Academy Awards.  It is an eye opening and moving look at the system and the treatment of the many undocumented immigrants in Belgium.  Lead actress Anne Coesens delivers a very strong performance, and much of the cinematography is shot with the hand-held realistic style reminiscent of fellow Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.         



Suciô Sanchez said...

Sounds a bit dreary.

Adalmin said...

I have a horrible weakness for films about mothers. My mom pretty much lived the illegal immigrant life until she finally got citizenship after a LONG while of struggling. Will look this up and see if I can get it subbed :)

Doo said...

I like the poster! However as a whole the film seems average :/

Das Auto! said...

I like foreign films, I could see myself watching this. Thanks!

Rick S. said...

Looks like a good movie! Nice blog; following :)

Moviemonstrosityblog said...

truly loved this film!

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