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

- Hello.

- Mirko?

Is Bilal. I'm in France at Calais.

Mine is?

No, not in school.

How late?

Mina back to that time?

- At 5:
00, I think.

- At 5.

- Good morning, my son.

- Good morning.

Mirko? / i

I can not speak,

my father arrived.

Call you back.

Do not call here anymore.

Write down my phone.

No, no phone.

00 ... 44 ... 78 .../ i

Tell your sister

I'm in Calais ...

I'll take a boat

tonight or tomorrow morning.

I'll be in London tomorrow night.

Sure, but do not call it here.

But going to tell her, right?

Yes Bye.

- He took the bread?

- No, I forgot.

- Who was that?

- Nobody. A friend.

Please! Please!

- Where is the entrance to the port?

- Afghanistan. Not understand.

- The entrance to the port?

- Why? Where to go?

- England.

- England?

He was invited by the Queen?

- Where is it?

- There, 1 km.

Take the first class.


Take, good profit, enjoy the site!


And you're cold?

- In the queue!

- Yes, all right!

- Not filling.

- What! Come!

Stop! Enough!

You go back there.

You, stand in line, no

please, where are you?


Go to the queue.

He is a friend!

- It Mosul.

- I do not care.

Koban, is a friend!

- What are you doing here?

- And you?

His mother told me

I was in London,

you called, I was fine.

Was not to worry.

Since when are you here?

Two and a half months.

I three months.

- Do you have money to go through?

- I'm under a truck.

- I do not need a middleman.

- Here, you take the dogs.

And to enter the trucks,

we need a middleman.

- How much did they ask?

- 500.


Just to go?

Yes, if I borrow,

I paid in London.

And trains? The tunnel?

Yes! I held down

a train, in Albania.

Here, the trains go to 160.

Those who tried

the train passed over.

Hello! You're new!

Just get?

- Yes

- When you arrived?

Today, now.

What is your name?


- Good luck!

- Thank you.

- Good night.

- Good night.

- And the boats?

- What, boats?

Fishing boats, the sailing ...

We can not steal one?

There are police everywhere, in the port.

And the boats are tied.

The only solution

is the middleman.

For me, there are only a 50 Euros.

I love you I return in London ...

So? Can I borrow?

- We can cross tomorrow?

- I see. I return, I promise.

Is there a telephone nearby?




One minute, 10 euros.

At Pizza Hut,

are looking for couriers.

You do not know the streets.

You have to know them.

Yes, I know.

If I say ...

Osborne Road, as you get there?

Eye on the map.

Must have the map in the head.

I turn around.

It is always better

to dive in the Indian Ocean.

Eat your meat well.

Amed Darashia.

The part of whom?

Mirko ... Bilal.

You can not eat in peace!

I told you not to call here!

Your phone does not respond.

Mine is?

She can not talk.

My father is here!

You want?

You too?

Who is Bilal?

A friend.

Who is it?

The son of Kayani.

What does he want?

Must breathe through the hole

canvas, due to CO2.

When I say,

go into hiding ...

Keep this in mind,

and breathe in there.

Quiet, shut up!

Okay, I'm going to sleep!

Come! Fast!

- All right?

- I hurt myself.

Place the bag on your head!

Let us place!


Come on, come down soon!

Come on down!



Let us put.


Will make us pick up, you idiot!



Come on down! Hurry!



Where from?

Pelzni. Czech Republic.


Make him shut up, gonna get us.

- What are you taking? Vessels?

- There are people in there!

There are some people!

You know how much it will cost you!

Open the door!

Where's your friend?

Damn! Son of a b*tch!

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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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