Intense. Extremely well acted and tightly wound narrative about an illegal immigrant in Belgium fighting not to be deported. Anne Coesens is a FORCE to be reckoned with: at once powerful and yet utterly vulnerable. Such a magnificent performance. This film is as sad as it is infuriating... and doesn't offer simple answers. The writer/director does not shy away from the harsh reality of this extremely difficult issue.
IMMIGRATION Part 2. Il n'y a ni biélorusses ni russes à Molenbeek ni à Schaerbeek. Désinformation, manipulation & propagande pour pleurer dans les chaumières & promouvoir notre culpabilité vis à vis des immigrés. Tout ça va se terminer avec la perte de nos pays & nos valeurs. == No Belarusian nor Russian in Molenbeek nor in Schaerbeek. Disinformation, manipulation & propaganda to promote our guilt against immigrants.
'Illégal', a furious indictment of the Belgian asylum system, lays bare a highly sensitive and seemingly insoluble issue in the whole EU - which is at heart not a judicial or political but a moral problem. Read my full review: http://www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2011/02/06/iffr-illegal
Powerful and timely emotional drama here for the life of an 'illegal' immigrant locked up in detention while trying to start a new life in Belgium. The film follows the hardship and fear that are constants for someone living without an identity. Really nicely shot and and a standout performance from the lead Anne Coesens. 4 stars