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2 March 2001 (Greece) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Dina Korzun ... Tanya
Artyom Strelnikov ... Artyom

Paddy Considine ... Alfie
Steve Perry ... Les (as Lindsey Honey)
Perry Benson ... Immigration Officer
Katie Drinkwater ... Katie

Dave Bean ... Frank

Adrian Scarborough ... 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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Directed by
Pawel Pawlikowski 
 
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Rowan Joffe 
Pawel Pawlikowski 

Produced by
Ruth Caleb .... producer
Chris Collins .... associate producer
Alex Holmes .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max de Wardener 
 
Cinematography by
Ryszard Lenczewski 
 
Film Editing by
David Charap 
 
Casting by
Chloe Emmerson 
 
Production Design by
Tom Bowyer 
 
Costume Design by
Julian Day 
 
Production Management
Fiona Clarke .... unit manager
Victoria Gregory .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Vincent Hazard .... sound editor
Michael Narduzzo .... sound mixer
John Pearson .... sound
 
Stunts
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator (as Roderick Woodruff)
 
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Tamzin Cary .... production secretary
Joe Oppenheimer .... script editor
 

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73 min
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[Tanya and Artyom are eating lunch in the cafe]
Artyom:[Searching through his fish'n'chips with a fork] Mam, nu chto eto za ryba? Zdes' sovsem netu ryby. Zdes' odna i vsya v sukharyakh. (Mom, they call this fish? There's no fish here. It's all just batter.)
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Viewed in isolation..., 3 December 2004
Author: justingmorrison from Kerry, Ireland

This is a stylistically outstanding film, where Pavilkovsky pares down the usual omnipresent noise of the modern world and allows the protagonists to interact in controlled conditions, like a professor in a laboratory. The result is something uniquely beautiful that exists somewhere on the outskirts of modern film-making, at least from my humble perspective. In a sense, we feel as if we've been allowed access to world outside of our own, close to, but vitally different from ours. As a bad analogy, think of Reservoir Dogs, where Tarantino constructs a microcosm which looks familiar to us, but the events and the atmosphere within that microcosm are alien to us. (N.B. That is where parallels between the two films end!).

Considine turns out another sublime performance, showing us his ability to court our empathy, and then throw it back in our face when his simmering rage boils over (see also A Room For Romeo Brass and My Summer Of Love). Dina Korzun provides the perfect foil as a picture of stoic vulnerability. She plays the role of mother, friend, struggling provider, lover, and jilted lover without ever missing a beat, and in a perfect world would have received an Oscar nomination for her role.

To me, this film embodies the joy of film watching. You quickly realize that in order to appreciate it, you must surrender yourself to it and allow it to lead you where it will, unquestioningly. And the rewards are plentiful. For me, the beauty lies in the simplicity, the lack of hyperbole, the feeling that despite the director's attempts to present an abstracted vision of the modern world, he is still commenting heavily on it, and there is something within for us to reflect on. Hollywood could never, and perhaps would never, make a film like this, there's nothing in-your-face witty or clever about it, but as a reflection of a world that actually exists, it is absolutely uncanny.

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