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Anna is a middle-aged actress looking for work in New York City, with the help of her sometime lover, Daniel. She used to be a Czech film star married to the director Tonda, who is now successfully making commercials in New York. After the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, Anna was imprisoned and eventually exiled. Anna takes in the young girl Krystyna, who has just arrived from Czechoslovakia, and speaks no English. Anna and Daniel help Krystyna learn English and start a promising acting career. However, the only job Anna can find is as an understudy. Written by Will Gilbert

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Lately, she's been contemplating love, exile, murder, and acting.

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28 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Anna - Exil in New York  »

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$1,236,848 (USA)
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The film is loosely based on the life of Polish actress Elzbieta Czyzewska, who had trouble establishing herself as an actress in New York after fleeing her homeland. She made a comeback after the film's release, winning an Obie Award for her performance in the play "Crowbar," and appearing in movies like Running on Empty (1988) and Music Box (1989). See more »

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Featured in The Simple Life: Almost Fame-Less (2007) See more »

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A believable performance by Kirkland saves this film from being boring.
15 September 1999 | by (Manila,Philippines) – See all my reviews

This little-seen film (shown way back 1987) is promising, specially upon seeing Kirkland's Oscar-nominated performance as a one-famous movie star and now striving to have a normal life in California. Supermodel Paulina Porizkova made her movie debut here, and she is nonetheless fine. In spite of the script's inconsistencies, Kirkland's brilliant rendition of Anna (reminiscent of the classic "All About Eve") is worth a watch. I really cried when I first saw it. Inspiring. 7/10.


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