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25 March 2011 (USA) See more »
Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Anne Coesens ... 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
Akemi Letelier ... Eva
Olga Moiseeva ... Bimbo russe
Esse Lawson ... Aïssa (as Essé Lawson)
Seloua M'Hamdi ... Femme algérienne
Laurent Van Wetter ... Inspecteur Office des Etrangers
Gilles Soeder ... Agent sécurité combi
Albert Jeunehomme ... Agent sécurité combi
Patrick Vo ... Gardien parking souterrain
Frederik Haugness ... Maître Massart (as Frédéric Haugness)
Muriel Bersy ... Infirmière
Valérie Bodson ... Assistante sociale
Pascal Garnier ... Chauffeur combi aéroport 1
Marcos Adamantiadis ... Policier transfert Aïssa aéoport
Jack Kelly ... Policier transfert Aïssa aéoport
Eric Larcin ... Plicier transfert Tania aéroport
Xavier Van Hoorick ... Plicier transfert Tania aéroport
Catherine Grosjean ... Policière fouille aéroport 1
Raphaëlle Lubansu ... Psychologue aéroport 1 (as Raphaëlle Bruneau)
Geoffrey Boissy ... Policier caméraman aéroport 1
Frédéric Frenay ... Policier transfert Tania aéroport 2

Olivier Schneider ... Policier transfert Tania aéroport 2
Guillaume Verstraete ... Policier transfert Tania aéroport 2
Renaud Dewit ... Policier caméraman aéroport 2
Igor Stepanov ... Passager avion 1
Nora König ... Passagère avion (as Nora Koenig)

Fabrice Boutique ... Passager avion 2
Patrice Van Stalle ... Commandant de bord
François De Brigode ... Journaliste JT2
Tanguy Dumortier ... Voix off JT (voice)
Armando Asprilla ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Galina Bartoshina ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Nacera Benhamou ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Egina Bitaine ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Alice Blahova ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Diane Bomolo ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Karima Bouyfoulloucen ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Karim Bouzaroura ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Christelle Bultot ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Angelina Campos ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Veronica Campos ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Tudor De Jonghe ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Zahra El Maldi ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Sarah El Ouedani ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Moïse Everard ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Stanley Everard ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Nordine Filali ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Joséphine Kande Stamili ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Vatey Kang ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Cecilia Kankonda ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis (as Cécilia Kekonda)
Karina Khoudoieva ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Yann-Michel Kingue ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Jin Lefebvre ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Romain Limbioul ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Olivia Litofe ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Sandra Litofe ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Romain Mashin ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Hafida Rahho ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Marwane Serifi ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Ekaterina Tchainikova ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Ludmila Tchainikova ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Sonia Vasquez ... Détenue Centre 11 Bis
Pascal Vestamente ... Détenu Centre 11 Bis
Alain Brimioul ... Gardien
Laurent Dubois ... Gardien
Philippe Gemmel ... Gardien
Benito Leopoldo ... Gardien
Didier Mathon ... Gardien
Freddy Neuts ... Gardien
Véronique Toussaint ... Gardienne
Judith Bloom ... Cuisinière
Fabienne Léger ... Cuisinière
Bénédicte Masson ... Cuisinière
Alexandra Siquet ... Cuisinière
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriela Perez ... Maria
Fanny Roy ... Gardienne corvée

Directed by
Olivier Masset-Depasse 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivier Masset-Depasse 
Matthieu Reynaert  script doctor

Produced by
Jacques-Henri Bronckart .... producer
Olivier Bronckart .... producer
Antonino Lombardo .... co-producer
Isabelle Madelaine .... co-producer
Nicolas Steil .... co-producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... co-producer
Original Music by
André Dziezuk 
Marc Mergen 
Cinematography by
Tommaso Fiorilli 
Film Editing by
Damien Keyeux 
Casting by
Michaël Bier 
Kadija Leclere 
Katja Wolf 
Production Design by
Patrick Dechesne 
Costume Design by
Magdalena Labuz 
Makeup Department
Fabienne Adam .... key makeup artist
Nathalie De Hen .... daily make-up
Juan Pacífico .... hair stylist
Saskia Verreycken .... special makeup effects artist
Céline Vh .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Séverine Barré .... assistant production manager
Cyrille Bragnier .... production manager
Laurent Czaja .... unit manager
Jesus Gonzalez-Elvira .... production manager
Antonin Silliau .... assistant production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Ravagnan .... second assistant director
Caroline Tambour .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dorothée Baert .... props trainee
Barbara Prati .... stand-by props
Olivier van Helden .... video and graphic displays
Sound Department
Charles Autrand .... dialogue editor
Marc Bastien .... sound editor
Philippe Charbonnel .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Benoit De Clerck .... sound: second unit
François Dumont .... sound editor
Philippe Fontaine .... boom operator b
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
Philippe Kohn .... sound mixer
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Grégory Noël .... boom operator
Olivier Thys .... assistant foley artist
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Odile Beraud .... special effects coordinator
Michaël Gojon dit Martin .... armorer
Visual Effects by
Odile Beraud .... visual effects coordinator
Gil Demurger .... stunt coordinator
Grégory Loffredo .... stunt player (as Gregory Loffredo)
Olivier Schneider .... fight choreographer
Patrick Vo .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Grégory Bar .... electrician
Laurent Bodson .... video assist operator
Tanguy Boulanger .... second assistant camera
Cyril Girard .... gaffer
Adrien Manant .... electrician
Patrick Muller .... still photographer
Thierry Ramanana .... grip
Michaël Schaack .... grip
Casting Department
Michaël Bier .... casting
Doriane Flamand .... casting assistant
Valérie Trajanovski .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sabine Zappitelli .... costumer
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... colorist
Marc Recchia .... assistant editor
Thibault Ruslet .... assistant editor
Hervé Vander Heyden .... telecine dailies colorist
Location Management
Tiago Hof .... location assistant manager
Claude Ludovicy .... location consultant
Stéphanie Mengel .... location trainee
Christophe Vincent .... location manager
Other crew
Solveig Harper .... production administrator
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Eric Jooris .... legal counsel
Héloïse Moreau .... script supervisor
David Mouraire .... financial director
Alexandra Schumann .... production coordinator
Amelie Vrla .... publicist
Maxime Delauney .... musical special thanks

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Netherlands:12 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)


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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Movie with a message, 11 October 2010
Author: Ruben Mooijman from Ghent, Belgium

Illégal is a movie in the realistic style we know from the Dardenne brothers in Belgium or Jacques Audiard in France. This means a very 'unpolished' film, with lots of hand-held camera-work. The camera follows the lead actors closely, which causes a very intense, real life-effect.

The movie tackles a difficult issue: the forced expulsion of illegal immigrants. A few years ago, these expulsions caused a heated debate in Belgium after the death of Semira Adamu, an African immigrant who didn't survive the violence used during her expulsion. Her death was the reason of a thorough revision of the expulsion procedures.

Illégal is a movie with a message. The message being that forced expulsions are still an inhuman way of treating people. This message is shaped into the story of Tania, a Russian immigrant, and her 13-year old son. They are struggling to find their way in Belgian society, but unfortunately Tania is arrested and locked up, pending her removal from Belgian soil.

The movie has already met with criticism from the Belgian immigration authorities, who claim the way expulsions are shown is not in line with reality. Still, it is a good film, with very impressive acting by Belgian actress Anne Coesens, who is married to director Olivier Masset-Depasse. Because of her intense acting, you can almost feel the fear and desperation of people like Tania. That's no small thing to achieve.

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