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Nana is from Georgia, en route to America. During a stopover in Vienna her forged visa comes to light. Before she can be deported, she decides to go on the run. An odyssey through Austria is set in motion.

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Birgit Doll ...
Nana Iaschwili
August Zirner ...
Herbert Korn
Wolfram Berger ...
Hüttenwirt
Karl Ferdinand Kratzl ...
Illegaler Grenzgänger
Nina Proll ...
Stewardess
Carmen Loley ...
Polizistin
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Resa Madani
Liliana Nelska ...
Maria Holländer
Boris Eder ...
Reiseleiter
Antje Hochholder ...
Reiseleiterin
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Susie Haberl
Kathrin Maria Pilz ...
Frau Holler
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Herr Holler
Johannes Nikolussi ...
Fernfahrer
Klaus Ortner ...
Tankwart
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Nana, fleeing the upheavals in the former Soviet republic that is her home, heads for the USA, where she has an uncle. Her plan is thwarted when her travel documents are inspected at Vienna airport and revealed as forgeries. Nana manages to escape from the transit lounge at the airport and, now instantly transformed into an illegal immigrant, relies on her wits and the kindness of strangers (typically, lonely men) as she makes her way west. Written by Denis Le Cam

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AUSTRIA ONLY HOSPITABLE WHEN YOU HAVE A PASSPORT
8 August 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Nice, fairy-tale like (kind of Alice in Wonderland inspired) film about an illegal refugee in Austria. Birgit Doll is fine in her part and meets some strange people along the way before she can leave for Germany. The strangest of them all may be the tourist guide in his painfully yellow suit; when Birgit Doll locks him in in the luggage compartment of the bus, he stays very polite and obliging in saying: "Hallo?".

Yes, nice and hospitable people these Austrians, but the moment they find out that she is illegal in their country, they are maybe not hostile towards her, but anxious and rejecting. Everybody wants to help, if not always for free, but: no passport, no help; no passport, not a complete human being. And when ever having dinner with an Austrian man, do not tell that you are illegal: he will make a mess of his pancake desert.

The film is a great relief from films with more or less the same subject: this film is light comedy and the director has no misplaced masochist feelings towards his own country. If a romantic you probably will be disappointed by the ending, as I was.


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