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Bilal, a seventeen year-old Kurdish refugee, has struggled his way through Europe for three months, trying to reunite with his girlfriend, who recently emigrated to England. But his journey comes to a halt when he's stopped by authorities on the French side of the Channel. Left with no alternatives, he decides to swim across, and goes to the local swimming pool to train. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor in turmoil over his imminent divorce. Simon agrees to help Bilal, hoping to win back the love 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 have risk everything to reach happiness.

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Welcome mats, flags, and other symbols meant to inspire a sense of security, represent the incessant chain of injustices for so many like Bilal in this not-so-free world, for Mina, who is forced to marry against her heart's will, and even for Simon in his own native France. It was surprising to see the extent of legal restrictions imposed and enforced upon migrants, refugees, et al. For that bit of enlightenment alone it was a captivating story, but it was also a poignant portrayal of the tragedy that must represent countless others' stories.

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Welcome mats, flags, and other symbols meant to inspire a sense of security, represent the incessant chain of injustices for so many like Bilal in this not-so-free world, for Mina, who is forced to marry against her heart's will, and even for Simon in his own native France. It was surprising to see the extent of legal restrictions imposed and enforced upon migrants, refugees, et al. For that bit of enlightenment alone it was a captivating story, but it was also a poignant portrayal of the tragedy that must represent countless others' stories.

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loved the movie!

Extremely moving- beautiful!

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Very moving sad tale of human suffering and eternal hope in the 21st century, which I am afraid will be repeated again and again!

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Beautiful! Outstanding in every way.

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very moving picture. Vincent Lindon shows himself to be an extremely versatile actor and newcomers Firat and Dervya Ayverdi are excellent in their roles. The only downside in my opinion (thus a 4 and not a 5-star) is just how incredibly sad the movie is. Otherwise the performances are great and the music and mood are amazing.

With an excellent screenplay, this film is also an all-time teaching point on politics and morality.

Thats a very good movie.