New Release: Illégal DVD

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Anne Coesens finds something to be happy about in Illegal.

Film Movement, those purveyors of all things provocative, foreign and independent, released the 2010 psychologically taut drama Illégal on DVD on July 5, 2011. The Belgian/French co-production carries a retail price of $24.95.

Directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse, Illégal tells the story of Tania (Anne Coesens, Diamond 13), a former teacher from Russia, who is living illegally in Belgium with her 14-year-old son, Ivan (Alexander Gontcharov).

One day, the two 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.

A tough, verite-styled film reminiscent of the work of the Dardenne Brothers (Lorna’s Silence) of Belgium, Illégal won the SACD Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It played at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, but it essentially premiered on these shores on DVD.

Special features on the disc include Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s 2009 short film Rita, about a blind girl who shelters a boy on the run who breaks into her home.


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