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Illégal (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 March 2011 (USA)
A single mother of a thirteen-year-old boy from Belarus seeks refuge in Belgium with dreams of a better life, but instead, she will be incarcerated and separated from her son, risking deportation.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Coesens ... Tania
Alexandre Gontcharov Alexandre Gontcharov ... Ivan 14 ans
Milo Masset-Depasse Milo Masset-Depasse ... Ivan 6 ans
Natalia Belokonskaya Natalia Belokonskaya ... Olga
Olga Zhdanova Olga Zhdanova ... Zina
Tomasz Bialkowski Tomasz Bialkowski ... Monsieur Nowak
Denis Dupont Denis Dupont ... Dimitri
Moktar Belletreche Moktar Belletreche ... Bel homme bus
David Leclercq David Leclercq ... Agent de police arrestation 1
Grégory Loffredo Grégory Loffredo ... Agent de police arrestation 2 (as Gregory Loffredo)
Christophe Vincent Christophe Vincent ... Policier empreinte
Christelle Cornil Christelle Cornil ... Lieve
Olivier Funcken Olivier Funcken ... Gardien admission
Angelo Dello Spedale Angelo Dello Spedale ... Agent sécurité
Fabienne Mainguet Fabienne Mainguet ... Carole


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

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Official Sites:

Haut et Court [France]


Belgium | Luxembourg | France


French | English | Russian

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$404, 27 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$404, 27 March 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tania: Lieve, you must do something!
Lieve: Zina, I'm powerless. Our doctor already saw her. Don't be offended... but is going home that bad? Is it worth all this shit?
Tania: What do you think? That we're masochists? What do you want to know? Want to know if I've suffered enough to stay in your country?
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murky world of deportation
31 August 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In 2000, Tania is an ethnic Russian from Belarus. She burns off her fingerprints and sneaks into Europe with her son Ivan. In 2008, they are in Belgium with false identities. Ivan is 13 and going to school while Tania is working. Plain clothes officers arrest Tania but Ivan is able to escape with the fake documents. She refuses to give the officials her identity. With no evidence, she hopes to force them to eventually release her. She befriends African Aissa who is constantly fighting with the guards and their procedures to deport her.

The great thing here is that it shows the murky world of deportation. It doesn't make easy heroes and villains. It shows the detainees as thinking people as they navigate the system in real ways. It shows the legal issues that are not so easy. It shows the legal difficulties of actually deporting someone humanely who is unwilling to cooperate. Tania is a fully fleshed character and her story is compelling.

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