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A fascinating study of perseverance in the face of subhuman treatment. --Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety
WINNER - SACD Prize, Director's Fortnight --2010 Cannes Film Festival
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But when when one of the residents commits suicide, Lieve begins to understand then what these people are enduring in their own countries. Could it be so horrible to cut them a little slack?Read more ›
There are 3 major problems with this movie: 1) I had NO sympathy for the main character; 2) The audience is given her situation with NO background information about her or the mafia man who is harboring her. It simply tells some sort of story about how bad it is to be an immigrant in Belgium; and 3) The immigration problems in Belgium are unknown to me, and I am simply relying at taking the filmmakers' word on EVERYTHING that is put on the screen, especially "true events" that are being fictionalized.
If you are from Europe, and know about the problems with illegal immigration in Belgium, then you'll probably "get" this movie. That aside, there is no character development, and EVERYTHING that happens to the main character is HER FAULT (except the obvious "human rights" violations). One is greatly mistaken if you make an equivalency to this movie and American movies about illegal immigration from Mexico (for that, see "El Norte"). It is supposed to be a film about a mother and son and their separation, and it states so inside the dvd container.Read more ›
I'm giving this film 5 stars because I've covered years of hot-button debates across the U.S. about immigration policy. I'm not taking sides here on political policies--and neither does this film, in the end. But the debate usually dehumanizes the "illegals" to the point that these individuals--in many cases women and children--become two-dimensional cartoons. We no longer see the humanity behind the issue. As a specialist in covering religious issues around the world, I know that one of the great moral choruses on immigration are religious leaders, especially the Catholic church.Read more ›
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This movie is even better than I expected. The filming was done beautifully, and the relationships between the characters are very moving. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PB
I have been a long-time fan of the Film Movement collection of foreign and indie movies (in fact, recently finally subscribed to it), and when I saw this one in the foreign movie... Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Paul Allaer
What's interesting to observe in this film is the way the director manages, with a subjective point of view, to transform a documentary into a fiction. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by Daniel S.
In real life, not in this delicate and highly emotional film, is less talk or debate about the core problem of migration or why do people want to settle far away from their... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by A. S. W.
While Hollywood spends billions turning out trash, low-budget films from the rest of the world address matters of importance. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Allan M. Lees