Illegal DVD - 2010 French thriller directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her 14-year-old son, Ivan. One day, they are stopped on the street for a routine check by the police; Tania is arrested and placed in an immigration detention center for women, while Ivan manages to escape. Threatened with imminent deportation and fearful for Ivan's fate, Tania embarks on a harrowing journey, determined to preserve her dignity and find her son. The film starts as a young Russian mother is telling her son 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 requested political asylum but was been denied and is to be deported. The laws are easy. The real implementation of them however is not. 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.Stars Anne Coesens and Alexandre Gontcharov. In French and Russian with optional English subtitles. Unrated.
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