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[Tanya and Artyom have come to the arcade to get a phone card]
Hello... uhh... they told me you sell phone card.
You want a phone card?
[Shuffles and spreads them like a deck of playing cards]
Pick a card. Pick a card, any card. That's a 10'er. Do you know how to use it? Want me to show you?
Scratch that number off, yeah?
Dial in that number there, yeah?
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Excellent film that rightly received awards in independent categories. Throughout there was an unpretentious feel to this film that shows the directors craft and subtle methods. Made without a script this simply highlighted the talent of the actors. Considine as ever delivers a simple yet compelling performance and the young Artyom also showed a maturity beyond his years. Again credit must be given to the direction and the subtle use of light that created the feeling of isolation and solace as well as an other wordly dream like paralysis. Really well crafted and paced and beautifully shot. Enjoyable and compelling and worth a watch.
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