Illegal
Illegal (2011)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 5, 2011
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Exhaustingly depressing view inside the legal morass faced by illegal immigrants awaiting deportation, but Coesens brings extraordinary yet empathetic toughness.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

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.

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Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

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

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A well-crafted and realistic look at the shameful and humiliating treatment of illegal immigrants in Belgian detention centers.

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