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Welcome (2009)Welcome (2009)

Welcome (2009)

Drama, Romance

7.1

movie

France, United Kingdom

English, French, Kurdish

Challenging, Depressing, Emotional

2009

Philippe Lioret

Audrey Dana, Behi Djanati Atai, Carine Bouquillon

110 min

Synopsis

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais

Our Take

7.1
Dylan Ross

A Kurdish-Iraqi immigrant runs into serious immigration problems as he tries to immigrate from France to England in order to be reunited with his girlfriend. Eventually he begins to train in swimming, in an attempt to swim the channel between France and England. Welcome is a gripping tale of tolerance as well as relationships between locals and immigrants. It also gives a great look into the shortcoming of the European immigration system, and will have you crying by the end of it, no question.

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