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Love Child (2019)

A poignant portrait of a family of asylum seekers desperate to start a new life, but stalled in bureaucratic limbo.


Eva Mulvad, Lea Glob (co-director) | 1 more credit »


Henrik Grunnet (original idea), Eva Mulvad | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Sahand Sahand ... Self
Leila Leila ... Self
Mani Mani ... Self
Ebru Salcioglu Ebru Salcioglu ... Self, psychologist
Halil Dönmez Halil Dönmez ... Self, lawyer
Mrs. Tulay Mrs. Tulay ... Self, Yalova Municipality clerk
Kuzey Kuzey ... Self
Hüseyin Hüseyin ... Self, landlord


Tensions run high from the opening minutes of this film. A desperate man in Tehran speaks to the camera: "I'm not sure if, tomorrow, I'll be dead or alive." This is Sahand, who has been in a long-term adulterous relationship with Leila, despite Iran's threat of the death penalty for infidelity. Now, the couple is fleeing the country with Mani, their four-year-old love child. Danish documentary filmmaker Eva Mulvad follows the family as they go into exile in Turkey and then enter United Nations bureaucratic limbo. They have the bad luck to start their journey in 2012, just as the Syrian Civil War is creating a mass wave of refugees; their case is pushed further down the list. Sahand and Leila are sympathetic and compelling figures on screen, keeping control of their negative emotions, as many parents do with children around. But they are quick to display joy, as revealed by the film's small moments: a birthday party, buying a bicycle, getting a job. As the years go by, their fate rests... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Painfully moving
22 September 2020 | by stuss-essSee all my reviews

This is a really emotional documentary. You watch the child grow from a small boy who is pretty confused and doesn't accept his dad to a sweet and happy child who speaks three languages and appears to be thriving despite of the limbo in which they live. You can feel the desperate hope of the parents as they fight to move somewhere to be free, to be openly themselves. To no longer be "stateless". Kind people, educated professionals, refugees. I am very moved by their story and want to be able to help them somehow.

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24 September 2020 (Ireland) See more »

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Dziecko miłości See more »

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Tehran, Iran See more »

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