Tania and her 14-year-old son Ivan have been illegal Russian immigrants in Belgium for eight years now. Constantly on her guard, Tania fears police identity checks. One day she is arrested, and mother and son are separated.
Illegal is a potent social realist drama focused on the struggles of an immigrant family tragically separated by the Belgian state. The plights of motherhood, immigration, and family are all sensitively realized in this intense and emotional drama from Olivier Masset-Depasse (Cages, Sanctuaire).
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