Welcome (2010)

Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish boy, has traveled through Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, freshly immigrated to England. But, his journey comes to an abrupt end when he is stopped on the French side of the Channel. Having… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

Puts you so completely into the shoes of a young man facing almost insurmountable obstacles that you feel a profound empathy not only for him but also for all who are ready to risk everything for the dream of a better life.

Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

Starting strong with its atmospheric immersion in the herd of immigrants killing time by the docks, Welcome quickly shrugs off credibility by equating Bilal's quest with Simon's angst over his recent divorce.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

By keeping the focus firmly on the personal relationship between the two men Lioret lifts his story out of cliche and into a place where emotions flourish.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

[It] has its share of clichés and contrivances. Fortunately, compensation is provided by strong performances by veteran actor Vincent Lindon as the coach and newcomer Firat Ayverdi as the refugee.

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Nick Schager
House Next Door

A one-note moral lesson devoid of dialogue with the very hot-button topics it feigns interest in.

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Marcy Dermansky

Loiret's story is inherently affecting, made more so by veteran actor Vincent Lindon, who owns one of cinema's all-time great hangdog expressions.

David Fear
Time Out

Don't discount the pleasure of watching a weathered star breathe life into an otherwise banal film.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...the 'white man's perspective' on the Middle Eastern immigrant saga seen from the Afghan POV in Michael Winterbottom's "In This World..."

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An astonishing film about the struggle of a Kurdish immigrant to get from Calais to England and the assistance he obtains from a middle-aged Frenchman who empathizes with his dreams.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A Kurdish illegal immigrant to France enlists the help of a divorced swimming instructor to aid in his swim across the English Channel to his girlfriend.… More
Ross Collins
There have been many films about the trials of illegal immigrants in Europe but none have produced such an engaging story. This was helped by some convincing… More
Kevin M. Williams
At the French port of Calais a group of immigrants from Kurdistan gather to try crossing somehow to England (why, I don't know ... stay in France, why… More
Walter M.
Arriving at Calais after a perilous journey from Kudistan, 17 year-old Bilal(Firat Ayverdi) almost has his final destination of England in his sights, along… More
Cynthia S.
A beautifully crafted story. Great actors. A thought provoking look at the issue of immigration, the challenges, the cost to individuals, and the enormous risks… More
Lesley N
French drama about a swimming teacher & an illegal immigrant who wants to swim to England. Very watchable and quite educational too.