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Run Time: 116 minutes
There are few things in life as intense as teenage love. In WELCOME, 17-year-old Bilal will stop at nothing to be reunited with his girlfriend who has immigrated to England. A Kurdish refugee, he has already travelled across Europe for three months to find her. When he finally reaches Calais in the north of France, only the English Channel stands between him and his destination. Immigration laws prevent him from entering England legally, so he must devise a way to cross the border another way. Determined to see his beloved again, he endeavors to swim across the channel. He only has one problem: he can't swim. Still, Bilal is not discouraged. He finds Simon at the local swimming pool and implores him to help by teaching him to swim. Simon, a lonely man who hopes to repair his failing marriage, agrees to train Bilal. In the process, the two men form a friendship that may deliver both of them to their destinations. WELCOME, an ironic title for a film that delves into the tricky politics of the immigration policy in the 21st century, is a bittersweet and deeply compelling social drama. (In French and Arabic with subtitles) – B.K.
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, March 22, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Philippe Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, Olivier Adam
"The Light" (2004), "Turn Off" (2005), "Don't Worry I'm Fine" (2006), WELCOME (2009)
Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi, Thierry Godard, Selim Akgül