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Welcome -- 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?

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Director:
Writers:
Philippe Lioret (original scenario) &
Emmanuel Courcol (original scenario) ...
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Release Date:
11 March 2009 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Friendship has no borders. True love has no limits.
Plot:
Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
14 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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(47 articles)
User Reviews:
Unpleasant take on modern refugee policy See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Vincent Lindon ... Simon Calmat
Firat Ayverdi ... Bilal

Audrey Dana ... Marion Calmat
Derya Ayverdi ... Mina
Thierry Godard ... Bruno
Mehmet Selim Akgul ... Zoran (as Selim Akgül)

Firat Çelik ... Koban
Murat Subasi ... Mirko

Olivier Rabourdin ... Lieutenant Caratini
Yannick Renier ... Alain
Mouafaq Rushdie ... Le père de Mina

Behi Djanati Atai ... 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
Eric Herson-Macarel ... Le policier du centre de rétention
Gilles Masson ... Le gradé du centre de rétention
Emmanuel Courcol ... Le directeur du supermarché
Jean-François Fagour ... Le chef de la sécurité du supermarché

Jean-Paul Comart ... Le gradé chez Simon
Lazare Herson-Macarel ... Le passeur
Stéphane Butet ... Le passeur au volant
Jean-Christophe Voiron ... Le chauffeur du camion tchèque
Sever Hosgoren ... Kurde du camion
Kivi Fakhri ... Kurde du camion
Carine Bouquillon ... Bénévole du quai de la soupe
Fernand Rolet ... Bénévole du quai de la soupe
Omed Ahmad ... Eyaz
Kae Bahar ... Azad (as Karzan Sherabayani)
Ibrahim Kiransal ... Aran
Hossein Soltani ... Interprète tribunal
Florence Hebbelynck ... Avocate tribunal
Bruno Tuchszer ... L'opérateur du cross
Pierre-Yves Kiebbe ... Le gradé du contrôle
Bawer Yoclu ... Le petit frère de Mina
Dilba Yoclu ... La petite soeur de Mina
Stéphane Debureau ... Policier contrôle
Emmanuel Martin ... Policier contrôle
Joakim Latzko ... L'Afghan du centre de rétention
Vincent Pietton ... Policier centre de rétention
Jeremy Zylberberg ... Policier centre de rétention

Jacques Herlin ... Policier centre de rétention
Max Rensonnet ... Policier centre de rétention
Félix Verhaverbeke ... Le grand-père sur la plage
Jérémy Bocquet ... Le petit-fils sur la plage
Ottis Ba ... La migrant de la cabine téléphonique (as Otis Ba)
Fanny Drouin ... La caissière de la piscine
Laurence Flahault ... La femme de service de la piscine
Delwar Hussain ... Un Pakistanais au supermarché
Saqib de Lahore ... Un Pakistanais au supermarché
Emmanuelle Dupuy ... L'avocate de Simon et Marion
Philippe Gaulé ... Le voisin du dessus
Thibaut Rottiers ... Policier chez Simon
Eric Beauchamp ... Policier chez Simon
Jonathan Fournier ... Serveur de la brasserie
Eric Etje ... Le Somalien
Eywaz Kilic ... Le Pakistanais du pain de la soupe
Luc Kienzel ... Le vigile de la station-service
Edward Patrick ... Garde-côte
Olivier Copyans ... Garde-côte
Frank Hewetson ... Garde-côte

Directed by
Philippe Lioret 
 
Writing credits
Philippe Lioret (original scenario) &
Emmanuel Courcol (original scenario) &
Olivier Adam (original scenario)

Serge Frydman (collaboration)

Simone Chiossi  italian version

Produced by
Bertrand Faivre .... co-producer
Serge Hayat .... co-producer
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
 
Cinematography by
Laurent Dailland 
 
Film Editing by
Andrea Sedlácková 
 
Casting by
Tatiana Vialle 
 
Set Decoration by
Thierry Rouxel 
 
Costume Design by
Fanny Drouin 
 
Makeup Department
Charley Collier .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Julien Azoulay .... post-production supervisor
Benjamin Clauzier .... assistant unit manager
Eric Duriez .... post-production manager
Alexandre Houllier .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Hélie .... production manager
Emma Murphy .... head of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Emmanuel Graine .... second assistant director
Isabelle Henry .... first assistant director (as Isabelle Henri)
Tiziano Niero .... assistant director: UK
Jessica Palud .... second assistant director
Mick Pantaleo .... first assistant director
Sanjay Paraswani .... assistant director
Vincent Templement .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ute Bergk .... set decorator/buyer
Lionel Callari .... property master
François Charrier .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Germain Boulay .... dialogue editor
Germain Boulay .... sound editor
Stephane Lioret .... boom operator
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronisation
Pierre Mertens .... sound recordist
Simon Poupard .... sound mix technician
Laurent Quaglio .... supervising sound editor
Serge Rouquairol .... sound editor
Bruno Schweisguth .... trainee sound
Eric Tisserand .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... Flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne Paris
Etienne Grandou .... visual effects coordinator
Emmanuel Le Courbe .... flame artist
Sergeï Lourié .... senior digital compositor
Martial Vallanchon .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Eric Fournol .... stunt performer
Sylvain Gabet .... stunt performer
Yves Girard .... stunt performer
Albert Goldberg .... stunt performer
Mouloud Ikhaddelene .... stunt performer
Philippe Morel .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Abomnes .... first assistant camera
Christophe Bassoulet .... electrician
Nicolas Blampain .... electrician
Maxime Cointe .... assistant camera
Julien Cottret .... additional grip
Julien Covens .... grip
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Gil Fontbonne .... key grip
Bruno Glasberg .... electrician
Cédric Guerby .... electrician
Malek Krimed .... first assistant camera
Johan Lecomte .... grip
Maud Lemaistre .... second assistant camera
Anna Lequoy .... assistant camera: re-shots
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... gaffer
Jako Raybaut .... cinematographer: second unit
Jan Rubens .... steadicam operator
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... best boy grip
Gregoire Thevenot .... camera trainee
 
Casting Department
Swann Arlaud .... casting assistant
Lan Hoang Xuan .... casting assistant
Bruno Le Guern .... casting assistant
Bruno Le Guern .... extras casting assistant
Witek Luszcz .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magali Cohen .... costumer
Sabrina Loreau .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Marie De La Selle .... assistant editor
Sophie Henocq .... assistant editor
Judith Rivière Kawa .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Julie Belthoise .... location manager
Christelle Bladinières .... assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Armand Amar .... composer: stock music
Jean-Pierre Arquié .... music supervisor (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Wojciech Kilar .... composer: stock music
Cristina Piovani .... music executive producer
Marie Sabbah .... music supervisor
Fabio Venturi .... score mixer
 
Other crew
Farah Abushwesha .... production coordinator
Sebastien Boiteux .... account assistant
Milvia Bonacini .... voice actress: Behi Djanati Atai
Julien Béségher .... assistant accountant
Marielle Duigou .... development manager
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd producer [gb]
Chantal Malrat .... production accountant
Marie Popovitch .... production coordinator
Luc Poullain .... helicopter pilot: camera
Christophe Vandenborre .... production assistant
 

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France:110 min | USA:110 min
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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:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Marion Calmat:Know what barring people from shops means? Want me to buy you a history-book?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Chashme Baddoor (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
KadishSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Unpleasant take on modern refugee policy, 22 November 2009
Author: markedasread from Turkey

In Philippe Lioret's latest film Welcome the title is obviously a contradiction, but the meaning of the contradiction itself is just as obvious. It's about illegal aliens in Europe, in this specific film narrowed down to Calais in France. And they are certainly not welcome.

Pic holds an unsettling tone throughout. While story lines tend to diverge, it's reminiscent of Ulrich Seidl's Import/Export in that it tells a story about people in motion in contemporary Europe. People whose conditions were bad from their take-off point, but becomes nonexistent in the grand, boarder-less EU. The limitations with this modern refugee policy of EU is that it only benefits our own. This is all old news for Lioret's protagonist Bilal (Firat Ayverdi) who comes from war-torn Iraq. His journey to Calais where the story begins has been long and painful, and the way to his love in London seems to stretch far beyond the horizon for the seventeen year old refugee.

These are harsh times, Lioret proclaims through images of a port district infested with immigrants, battering cops and even authorities that manifest a despicable manner not only towards refugees but just as well to people trying to help them. One of them is Simon (Vincent Lindon), a disgraced ex-champion in swimming. He seeks atonement in Bilal for his previous mistakes in life and the two becomes committed to each other. But in these harsh times nothing is certain and struggle lays ahead for both of them.

Philippe Lioret covers pretty much the whole lot of it. Each of his characters carries around on fear, despair, desires, love, longings and struggle. It is classic ingredients taken from the ordinary lives of those immigrants. In Welcome, however, it blends well with the non-immigrants as well. It is something they have to live with constantly, but something that is exposed to us at times as well. It is indeed an unpleasant take on modern refugee policy, but it is nevertheless a necessary take.

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