• Welcome (2009)


Release Date: 2009

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Kurdish teen Bilal (Firat Ayverdi) has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. To get around a legal technicality, he decides to swim across the English Channel -- even though he's unable to swim. Simon Calmat (Vincent Lindon), the local swimming instructor who is struggling with his own impending divorce, agrees to train Bilal for his grueling journey. The two soon form a strong bond that helps them in unexpected ways.

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi, Thierry Godard, Selim Akgül, Firat Celik, Murat Subasi

Director: Philippe Lioret

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Touching, Wife, 2000s, Transformation, House, France, Emotional, Love, Quest, Girlfriend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 70
    Ed SchiedBoxoffice Magazine

    Shooting in Calais give Welcome a realistic atmosphere with vivid details. show more

  • 75
    V.A. MusettoNew York Post

    Has its share of clichés and contrivances. Fortunately, compensation is provided by strong performances by veteran actor Vincent Lindon as the coach and newcomer Firat Ayverdi as the refugee. show more

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