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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 »

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Simon Calmat
Firat Ayverdi ...
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Marion Calmat
Derya Ayverdi ...
Mina
Thierry Godard ...
Bruno
Mehmet Selim Akgul ...
Zoran (as Selim Akgül)
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Koban
Murat Subasi ...
Mirko
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Lieutenant Caratini
Yannick Renier ...
Alain
Mouafaq Rushdie ...
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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
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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

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

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$13,461 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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The neighbor of Simon who rats him out to the police, has a doormat with the word 'Welcome' printed on it. See more »

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When Simon talks to Marion in his kitchen, she comes to him with the coffee-pot in her left hand and he touches that arm. In the next shot, she is suddenly no longer holding the pot, and when she steps aside it is already standing on the table. See more »

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Marion Calmat: Know what barring people from shops means? Want me to buy you a history-book?
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© 2009 Nord Ouest
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An original and humanist film
29 March 2009 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

An outstanding film! The history is very believable, the life of clandestine as in documentary, a very responsible cinema! And the actors all are excellent! It is sometimes necessary, in our small comfortable life and our well arranged existences, to receive a shock, and that's what came to arrive with shocking film of P.Lioret, which tackles the current and extreme problem of the clandestine. Under terrible conditions, they are ready to risk their being, hoping to create a better future. In addition to the fact that this history is inspired of an actual reality, one can only accept these characters: The swimming coach, splendid in his role; an ordinary man, monopolized in the beginning of the film by his sentimental problems, also by love for the woman who has left him, will take the risk to help in secrecy a young Kurdish refugee, which wants to cross the English Channel by swim. The total lack of humanity from governmental organizations, certainly reduced a little by work of voluntary NGOs, put us vis-à-vis intolerable and unbearable situation that had been forgotten in the West. So I say Merci to Mr. Lioret for this original and humanist film!


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