Heavy ironies like that drop regularly, undermining both the film's intentions and the drama.
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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.
Shooting in Calais give Welcome a realistic atmosphere with vivid details.
Compelling, finely balanced immigration drama.
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.