Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested. Mother and son ... See full summary »

Writers:

, (script doctor)
7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Illegal (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Tells the stories of a group of people in Ciudad de Juarez with one thing in common: they are all looking for a better life for them and their families. For many, that better life waits just a short walk away in the United States.

Director: Ric Dupont
Stars: Shirley Rumierk, Luis Bordonada, Omar Leyva
A Better Life (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Yann (Guillaume Canet) and Nadia (Leïla Bekhti) fall in love. Nadia has acquired a crumbling building in a Paris suburb and the couple decide to renovate it to launch a restaurant. But ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Kahn
Stars: Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Slimane Khettabi
Our Children (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children. But unlike them, they accept to give up their autonomy ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Lafosse
Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Claire Bodson, Niels Arestrup
Illegal (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father ... See full summary »

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Stars: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache
Welcome I (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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: Philippe Lioret
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana
Documentary | Music | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Music and politics collide when international music star, Pras Michel of the Fugees, returns to his homeland of Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010 to mobilize a presidential... See full summary »

Director: Ben Patterson
Stars: Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Wyclef Jean
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.

Director: Valérie Donzelli
Stars: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Alessandro teaches musicology at the university of Strasbourg. He is also a volunteer reader in hospitals. He shares his apartment with his daughter, 15-year-old Irina, and his anarchist ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Claudel
Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Neri Marcorè, Clotilde Courau
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.

Directors: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson
Stars: Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson, Johannes Björk
Strayed (2003)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Emmanuelle Béart stars as a widowed schoolteacher who flees Nazi-occupied Paris with her children. A teenaged boy comes to their rescue by leading them into the forest -- their best shot at survival.

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Illegal (2014)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

An unusual appointment in the night in Milan Piazza Affari.

Director: Cecilia Brianza
Stars: Tali Gon, Gianni Pisapia, Andrea Sardi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tania
Alexandre Gontcharov ...
Ivan 14 ans
Milo Masset-Depasse ...
Ivan 6 ans
Natalia Belokonskaya ...
Olga
Olga Zhdanova ...
Zina
Tomasz Bialkowski ...
Monsieur Nowak
Denis Dupont ...
Dimitri
Moktar Belletreche ...
Bel homme bus
David Leclercq ...
Agent de police arrestation 1
Grégory Loffredo ...
Agent de police arrestation 2 (as Gregory Loffredo)
Christophe Vincent ...
Policier empreinte
Christelle Cornil ...
Lieve
Olivier Funcken ...
Gardien admission
Angelo Dello Spedale ...
Agent sécurité
Fabienne Mainguet ...
Carole
Edit

Storyline

Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested. Mother and son are separated and Tania is placed in a detention center. She will do anything to be reunited with her son but won't manage to avoid threats of deportation. Written by Hannelore Goossens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Illegal  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$404 (USA) (25 March 2011)

Gross:

$404 (USA) (25 March 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Makes one wonder ...
7 April 2011 | by (Maastricht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The film starts as a young Russian mother is telling her kid to speak French instead of Russian. The reason for this is the fact that she's afraid to be spotted, to be found by the people that want to deport her. She is after all living here (in this case somewhere in the French speaking part of Belgium) illegally. She has requested political asylum but has been denied and is to be deported. The laws are easy. The real implementation of them however is not.

And so starts a film about one of the darker pages of the Western world. Seen from the eyes of a political stowaway that only wants a safe haven for her kid and herself this film shows the fear of the fugitive, makes it so that it can be felt, and plays around her constant battle against a rigid system.

The way the scenes are put together make it lifelike, the way it is acted makes it believable. The way events are displayed in the news almost makes it feel like a documentary. The way things are in the real world outside makes one wonder how far from the truth the film is.

The film leaves a vile taste in the mouth that will stick around for some time after leaving the cinema, an impression that might be permanent. An effect that is gained through the combination of realistic behaviour, excellent acting and compelling story. All in all, a true work of art.

10 out of 10, nothing to be added.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A question for Belgians Light_keeper
Discuss Illégal (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?