"[A] fascinating study of perseverance in the face of subhuman treatment."
"A wonderful and important film! One of the most powerful and immediate films about illegal immigrants (from any country) to yet hit New York screens."
– Trust Movies,
"A heroic central performance! The sincerity of the movie can't be denied."
– Time Out New York,
Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her son, Ivan. One day she is stopped for a routine check by the police and is arrested. Separated from Ivan, who manages to escape, she is placed in an immigration detention center for women and children. While utterly refusing to face expulsion, Tania thus begins a fight to preserve her dignity, identity and humanity, as well as find her son.
Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
A Belgic film about an eillegal immigrant parent caught by authorities with the son on the run. "Hop" is a similar film from Year 1, but "Illegal" is darker and focused more on the mother incarceratedby authorities and worried about her son outside her confines. You'll cheer at the end, despite the dark nature of this film.
Angel - Customer Review
Good story, but a little dry. A great view into the banality of the "crime" of illegal immigration as well as into the horrors of being caught and risking deportation.