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 is captured with authenticity, from the point of view of people who arrived there knowing nothing about France. This immigrant drama, with wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Philippe Lioret
Production: Mars Distribution
  13 wins & 15 nominations.
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110 min

Stop, Koban! Stop!

Everybody out! Come!



Everybody out!

All this, it is your fault, stupid!

You owe me 500 Euros!


Forget it!

Pay me or I'll kill you.

Know what I mean? Silence!

- Bathrooms, please. I am sick.

- Come on!

Kayani, K.. A.. Y.. A.. N.. I

- Bilal, Iraq, December 8, 1991.

- 08/12/91.

Who is she? His girlfriend?

Answer is your girlfriend? Beautiful!

exempt from fees.

- Return.

- And what else?

- Please.

- Let go! Go!

Enough, Francis!

- Ready!

- Enough! Next. Gathering all this.

- Next.

- Collecting all.

If next appears, Bilal Kayani.

Born on 8 December 1991

Mosul, Iraq,

illegally entered the territory

and was arrested on 15 February

when trying

embark clandestinely

for the United Kingdom.

You admit the facts?

- Say yes.

- Yes

In accordance with the provisions

for people

from countries at war,

you escape measures

Extradition across the border.

But know that here will be taken

stricter measures,

calling people like you

return to their country of origin.

I did it right?

Since no


I will not hold it,

but do not want to see him again.

I do not know what you said, but

can not enter England.

Do not cross over, should return to

his country to avoid serious problems.

Sir, allow me to say that

this child is less

of age, and therefore

qualifies for a place

a public school.

You know very well that

not where to go,

let's not waste time

with it, next case.

Cometh Bafaoua Malman.

Excuse me, ...

Calais? Is there?

Calais is there, yes!

Thank you.

Come on, open your legs. So.

Like a frog.

Do not hold the line, please.

The line should not hold!

Come on back to the legs. So.

Bend, stretch, and join.

Bend, stretch and join.


Soft, soft, soft.

- Sorry!

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Philippe Lioret

Philippe Lioret (born 10 October 1955) is a French film director, screenwriter and producer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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