Thursday, March 10, 2011

Import/Export (2007)

Import/Export (2007)

Genre: Drama
Director: Ulrich Seidl
Starring: Ekateryna Rak, Paul Hofmann, Michael Thomas, Natalja Baranova
Duration: 135 min.
Rating: 6.4/10

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.


Import/Export directed by Ulrich Seidl, screened in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.  It is a rather bleak and unsettling look at the lives of two separate people who leave their desperate situations to try and find a better life.  The cast is made up of mostly non professionals and the Eastern European backdrop is filmed in cinema vérité style, which makes the film look and feel very realistic, but like the lives of the main characters, the film just plods along with no sense of purpose or hope.         


The Angry Vegetarian said...

Those saturated colors remind me of a modern nod to old horror films.

Drackar said...

No matter where you go, there you are.

The Angry Lurker said...

Sounds really bleak which is normally my kind of movie but usually I like a bit of action, this is in the maybe not basket.

Isaac said...

Interesting, looks like a foreign Cohen brothers type film

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah I suppose if they were to film in Eastern Europe, it would look something like this, but with a much better story.

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