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A nurse from the Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.

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Ekateryna Rak ...
Lidiya Oleksandrivna Savka ...
Olgas Mutter
Oksana Ivanivna Sklyarenko ...
Olgas Baby
Dmytro Andriyovich Gachkov ...
Olgas Bruder
Natalya Baranova ...
Olgas Freundin in der Ukraine (as Natalija Baranova)
Miloslava Kubkova ...
Web Sex Hausmeisterin
Katka Ackermannová ...
Web Sex Girl
Lucie Radlová ...
Web Sex Girl
Zdenka Tothová ...
Web Sex Girl
Natalja Epureanu ...
Olgas Freundin in Österreich (as Natalia Epureanu)
Gerhard Komarek ...
Putzfirma Instruktor
Herta Wonesch ...
Frau mit ausgestopftem Fuchs
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Mutter Einfamilienhaus
Lisa Hubbauer ...
Tochter Einfamilienhaus
Ronald Volny ...
Aufsicht Reinigungsfrauen Geriatrie
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A nurse from the Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.

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Mutter Einfamilienhaus: [Olgais told that shes fired] I Don't have to tell you my reasons. I just change my mind. I can hire you and fire you. That's how it is in this country.
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Featured in Metropolis: Cannes 2007 - Special (2007) See more »

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Ne Daesh
Written by Skriabin
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Glimpses of sadness
25 February 2011 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

Two parallel stories - one about a young Ukrainian immigrant in Austria (Olga), and another about a young Austrian traveling for work reasons in East Europe (Pauli). It is a story of simple people with a dark future and gray unhappy lives. The movie was shot in Austria, Slovakia, Rumania and Ukrania, mostly with non-actors in a documentary sort of style. It has a 1980s sort of visual style, and it has a depressing mood and colors.

The movie, despite being in Cannes official selection, has a sluggish script, poor dialogues and lacks in focus, all factors that rest credibility to the story.

The movie has beautiful and shocking scenes, they won't leave you indifferent for sure. Some of them are so because of their sexual nature, others for their sadness, others because of their tenderness, and others because depict situations that are not easy to see without getting an emotional reaction.

The characters of Pauli, Olga, and Pauli's father are well played by Paul Hofmann, Ekateryna Rak and Michael Thomas, respectively. However, the drawing of the characters lacks in dramatic depth and the viewer resents that. We see them struggling in their lives, but we don't understand why they got to that point, what is their personal background -which is only hinted-, what is troubling their souls. On the other hand, Olga's story is told in a straightforward clear way, but Pauli's story is not, despite his character being, a priori, very interesting and cool.

The story doesn't seem to have any purpose, just to catch glimpses of a sad reality. If that was the director's intention, a documentary would have been more respectful and less pretentious. The end, on the other hand, is also unresolved.

I found that the selection of some Rumanian, Slovakian and Ukrainian depressed areas offers a misleading view of countries that, otherwise, are modern and normal. However, those areas are presented as if they were the real country, i.e. as if all of those countries were like that. Marginal suburbs can be found anywhere in the developed world, not just in those countries.

I'm appalled at the poster of the movie being the one it is, which is utterly misleading. The movie is not about sex, is about life and death, about two different life paths that lead nowhere but in opposite directions.

Nothing new in the horizon and nothing memorable either, but is an interesting movie not easy easy to watch, but engaging nevertheless.


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