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Last Resort (2000)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  16 March 2001 (UK)
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When a young Russian woman and her son leave Moscow to meet her fiancé, who fails to show up, she declares political asylum.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Tanya
Artyom Strelnikov ...
Artyom
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Alfie
Steve Perry ...
Les (as Lindsey Honey)
Perry Benson ...
Immigration Officer
Katie Drinkwater ...
Katie
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Frank
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Council Official
David Auker ...
2nd Council Official
Bruce Byron ...
Police Officer
Jim Trevellyan ...
Station Guard
Marcus Redwood ...
Cafe Owner
Zoe Sharpe ...
Gang Girl
Daniel Mobey ...
Danny
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Tanya arrives in London with her son Artyom, expecting to be met by her boyfriend. When he doesn't show and immigration wants to send her back to Russia, she asks for political asylum to buy some time. She has no idea that this will consign them for at least a year to a detention center, a fenced "city" near an abandoned seaside amusement park. Once there, realizing her boyfriend will never help her, she just wants to go home, but withdrawing the petition for asylum takes months. She's approached by pornographers inviting her to strip on line for cash; she's befriended by Alfie, a clerk at a convenience store at the center. She's a dreamer; what can she do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$37,283 (USA) (23 February 2001)

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ESP 6,380,622 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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[Alfie, Tanya, and Artyom are at her flat in the afternoon. Alfie has brought them a television and some Indian fast food]
Alfie: Are you alright? Doin' alright? I brought you some company and some food. Are you hungry? Have you ever had a curry? Curry. Beautiful.
[To Artyom]
Alfie: Have you ever had a curry?
Artyom: Yeah.
Alfie: You little liar. Come here.
[To Tanya]
Alfie: That's chicken tikka masala. That's chicken in a light, spicy sauce. It's beautiful, man, I promise you.
[To Artyom]
Alfie: Come here. We'll sort it all out. Whoa, whoa...
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Performed by Andy Williams
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The message is better than the movie.
24 February 2001 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

A glowing review of this film on the radio enticed me. The review, I recalled in retrospect, was about the film's technical points. I experienced the film as a sad and predictable home movie about a Russian woman and child, who simply do not know what they are doing with their lives. The one counterpoint character in the life-in-the-gulag story line, played very well by Paddy Considine, kept the film alive, in my opinion. I was impressed with the film's ending. There was a message about responsibility and self victimization that was very refreshing. I did not feel that the film offered entertainment, even in my broadest definition, but it did offer a look at poverty, brutish bureaucracy and the consequences of ignorance in the whole realm of illegal immigration. Perhaps it could be shown regularly at airports in developing countries.


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