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  • Summary: Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has struggled his way through Europe for the last three months, trying to reunite with his girlfriend, who recently emigrated to England. But his journey comes to an abrupt halt when he is stopped by authorities in Calais, on the French side of theBilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has struggled his way through Europe for the last three months, trying to reunite with his girlfriend, who recently emigrated to England. But his journey comes to an abrupt halt when he is stopped by authorities in Calais, on the French side of the Channel. Left with no other alternatives, he decides to swim across. Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train, where he meets Simon, a middle-aged swimming instructor in turmoil over his imminent divorce. Simon agrees to help Bilal, hoping to win back the affection of his wife, who does volunteer work helping immigrants. But what begins as a relationship based on self interest, develops into something much bigger than Simon could ever have imagined, as he too will ultimately risk everything to reach happiness. (Film Movement) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jul 1, 2011
    75
    Has its share of clich├ęs and contrivances. Fortunately, compensation is provided by strong performances by veteran actor Vincent Lindon as the coach and newcomer Firat Ayverdi as the refugee.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Compelling, finely balanced immigration drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Schied
    Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Shooting in Calais give Welcome a realistic atmosphere with vivid details.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Though the issue of illegal immigration is nothing new in French cinema, Welcome makes auds care deeply for its absorbing characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    Jul 1, 2011
    60
    The movie offers no simple solutions, nor even a feel-good ending, but throws a cold light on the human tragedy that underlies many of today's headlines.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 1, 2011
    60
    Francophiles understand that Vincent Lindon's presence in any film is a bonus, as few actors know how to translate sad-eyed, macho gruffness into so many different flavors.
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Jul 1, 2011
    40
    Heavy ironies like that drop regularly, undermining both the film's intentions and the drama.

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