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17 days to watch
61 Ratings



Belgium, 2010
  • French
  • English


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.

Our take

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).

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2010 | Winner: SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight)

International Film Festival Rotterdam


BFI London Film Festival


César Awards

2011 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

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