7.6/10
6,217
32 user 84 critic

Welcome (2009)

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(original scenario), (original scenario) | 3 more credits »

On Disc

at Amazon

13 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Moved by the plight of the mother of her daughter's school friend, a young judge facing an incurable disease teams up with an older colleague in order to fight against financial companies that exploit the poor.

Director: Philippe Lioret
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Marie Gillain, Amandine Dewasmes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lili returns from holidays and learns that her twin brother left the house after a violent argument with their father.

Director: Philippe Lioret
Stars: Mélanie Laurent, Kad Merad, Isabelle Renauld
L'équipier (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Camille arrives at the island Ouessant where she was born, to sell the house of her parents. She finds a book of a certain Antoine and starts reading. A story of a stranger is told who came... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lioret
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Philippe Torreton, Grégori Derangère
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jean, his loving wife and son live a simple, happy life. At his son's homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon's request, he volunteers as substitute teacher and starts to fall for her ... See full summary »

Director: Stéphane Brizé
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain, Aure Atika
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Alain Evrard, a trucker who has just finished serving a prison sentence, is forced to temporarily move back to his mother's house. This forced co-habitation causes all the violence of their... See full summary »

Director: Stéphane Brizé
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Hélène Vincent, Emmanuelle Seigner
Welcome I (2007)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man falls in love with a beautiful woman, but later discovers that her brothers are gangsters.

Director: Anees Bazmee
Stars: Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An unemployed factory worker is trying to make ends meet in working-class France.

Director: Stéphane Brizé
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck, Matthieu Schaller
Pour elle (2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail.

Director: Fred Cavayé
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Diane Kruger, Lancelot Roch
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Simon Calmat
Firat Ayverdi ...
...
Marion Calmat
Derya Ayverdi ...
Mina
Thierry Godard ...
Bruno
Mehmet Selim Akgul ...
Zoran (as Selim Akgül)
...
Koban
Murat Subasi ...
Mirko
...
Lieutenant Caratini
Yannick Renier ...
Alain
Mouafaq Rushdie ...
Le père de Mina
...
La mère de Mina (as Behi Djanati Ataï)
Patrick Ligardes ...
Le voisin de Simon
Jean-Pol Brissart ...
Le juge
Blandine Pélissier ...
La juge aux affaires familiales
Edit

Storyline

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais is captured with authenticity, from the point of view of people who arrived there knowing nothing about France. This immigrant drama, with wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Friendship has no borders. True love has no limits.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

11 March 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bem-Vindo  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,528 (USA) (7 May 2010)

Gross:

$13,461 (USA) (14 May 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The neighbor of Simon who rats him out to the police, has a doormat with the word 'Welcome' printed on it. See more »

Goofs

When Simon finds Mina in London, in the background is a sign for "Elephant and Castle Shopping Center" - in British English, the spelling "centre" would be used. See more »

Quotes

Marion Calmat: Know what barring people from shops means? Want me to buy you a history-book?
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Chashme Baddoor (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Agata's Theme
by Wojciech Kilar
© 2009 Nord Ouest
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

L'Europe est mort, vive l'Europe!
5 August 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Rightly so, Lioret's film 'Welcome' confronts us with a changing Europe, from one which used to be tolerant to the less-fortunate into one dominated by fear, exclusion and self-righteousness. The anonymous setting of the port of Calais - exchangeable with Dover, Bari or Tarifa or any other border town in Europe – and the hauntingly introvert piano score add to the growing hostilities towards refugees in Europe. The two main characters are, each in their own way, equally tragic: Bilal, a 17-year-old refugee from Kurdistan, in desperately pursuing an impossible dream, and Simon, a disappointed middle-aged French swimming instructor, in not being able to cling onto that dream. The friendship and the actual drama begin when they first meet in a local pool. So far so good. Regrettably, and perhaps regrettably, Lioret diminishes the intensity of this relationship by wanting to provide too many answers to too many irrelevant questions. The result is that story lines, actions and ultimately even the characters become blurred and incredible, which is a great sorrow to inflict on a topic of this social magnitude. One only wishes a little more Dardenne-style type of filming in this film! The strength of 'Welcome' is that is requires us to reconsider to what extent we are willing to be human, social and forgiving towards 'the other' in an ever-harshening world. By examining the attitudes of the shop manager, the neighbour and the bureaucrat, we are eventually confronted with ourselves. 'Welcome' is certainly not an easy film but a highly desirable one.


11 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?