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2 March 2001 (Greece) See more »
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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  (in credits order)

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

Directed by
Pawel Pawlikowski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator (as Roderick Woodruff)
Other crew
Tamzin Cary .... production secretary
Joe Oppenheimer .... script editor

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[Tanya has finally spoken with Mark by telephone; he is never coming. Tanya is crying in Artyom's lap]
Artyom:[Singing] ... I tsvetok ishchut mnogiye lyudi (Many people search for their flower)
Tanya:[Joining Artyom, they sing together] No nakhodyat konechno ne vse (But, of course, not everyone finds it) / Mozhet tam, za sed'mym perevalom (Maybe it's there, in the seventh heaven) / Vspykhnet svezhiy, kak vetra glotok (And will blossom anew, like a gentle breeze)
Artyom:Ya govori, on nevrastenik. (I told you he was neurotic.)
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2 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Don't hit the pornographer, 11 April 2001
Author: hammy-3 from Cork, Ireland

Hot on the heels of news that the british are reputed to be the most rascist nation in the EU comes this elucidation of why that may be the case. A russian woman comes to england to meet her fiance and is only allowed in to the country if she applies for refugee status. told she has to stay in a detention centre for a year and a half and given only food vouchers and terrible accomodation to live on. At this point the movie could turn into a kafkaesque fable but instead is an ultra-naturalistic study of live in british emigration centres.

It's a film that's cautiously optimistic about human nature, as a deus ex machina in the form of sweet, loving Paddy Consadine comes to save her from what he himself describes as a hell hole. This annoyed me a little bit; it seemed to be putting across the message that the english are really tolerant towards foreign immigrants and that it's "The System" that mistreats them. This seems a bit fanciful to me.

One other thing that annoyed was that the only person to be hurt was an internet pornographer who pays the woman the equivalent of a month's wages back home for about an hour's striptease work. Is it really him that deserves to be hurt, and not the government, the immigration authorities, and the editors of rabble-rousing right-wing newspapers?

But this is a warm, generous, beautifully shot, human film that i fear will never be seen by the people who need to see it most.

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