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Import Export (2007)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Written by (Dunajewskij / W. Lebedjew-Kumatsch)
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Life without home
20 October 2009 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Many film's about sad, boring lives are themselves boring (and not truly sad). Not so Ulrich Siedl's remarkable 'Import/Export', which tells a simple, and fundamentally depressing, story at great length, but with compelling naturalism. Not only that, but Siedl shows an uncanny ability to find interesting shots: the film has a haunting quality, and in every scene there's something that draws the viewer's attention and makes one think. The plot, such as it is, tells the story of two people, a Ukranian woman to emigrates to Austria in search of a better life, and an Austrian man who ends up in Ukraine; in Hollywood, their stories would inevitably be drawn together, but Siedl keeps them in parallel throughout. One link is that both are involved (at different ends) in the Ukranian sex industry, and Siedl's uncompromising depiction of this attracted some notoriety for this movie; but it's a long way from a titillating film.

The acting is excellent, and the way the characters evolve is fascinating. Ekatarina Rak's Olga is allowed to inch slowly towards a better life in Austria, albeit at a high price. Paul Hofmann's Pauli is even more interesting, a loner and misfit denied the chance by his environment to become a good person; disaffected from his present life, he can find no route map to another one. Not only do the two stories not converge, but one ends with a lengthy series of hospital scenes in which the origin of the central character is of decreasing importance; this could be a film about lonely people anywhere. Indeed, for all the film's "naturalism", it's depiction of social reality might perhaps be questioned, I would have guessed this movie was set in 1997 rather than 10 years later (although my own estimate of reality is based on the newspapers, so it may well be this that is wrong). Certainly the film is not an explicit political indictment. But it is a sympathetic and original insight into existential loneliness and the harshness of life in the modern world.


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