IMDb > Last Resort (2000)
Last Resort
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Last Resort (2000) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   1,151 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for Last Resort on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
2 March 2001 (Greece) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Slow, thoughtful, non-judgemental character piece. See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (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
Create a character page for: ?

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
 
Stunts
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator (as Roderick Woodruff)
 
Other crew
Tamzin Cary .... production secretary
Joe Oppenheimer .... script editor
 

Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
73 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Quotes:
[Tanya asks Alfie for help escaping Stonehaven]
Tanya:I have to go to London. What do I do?
Alfie:Are you a refugee?
Tanya:A refugee by accident... Why are you laughing?
See more »
Soundtrack:
Happy HeartSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Slow, thoughtful, non-judgemental character piece., 24 January 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A young Russian woman Tanya and her son arrive in England and claim political asylum in order to be allowed to stay. They are then put in a holding area in a sea-side town in Northern England and told they must wait for 12-16 months while their claims are processed. They find their situation and the town to be equally bleak and look for a way out. Two options present themselves - the kindness of arcade owner Alfie and the well-paying exploitation of pornographer Les.

This is a little gem of a film - very short but strong in almost every other area. The plot is not a typical life of an asylum seeker in the UK but it allows us to see life from their point of view. This doesn't mean that it's all bleak - Tanya sees humanity, exploitation, hate and indifference (the officers just doing their job who can't look into everyone's needs). The story is quite straightforward and at times doesn't seem to be going anywhere - the conclusion is pretty open, it's clever but it isn't satisfying for those wanting an end to the story. It's more a character piece that also looks at the UK's asylum policy. However it doesn't judge anyone or anything - it is wonderful in the way it simply presents the story with little sentiment or emotion and without pointing fingers at anyone or any situation. It could have easily been very preachy.

The cast are great. Korzun is a great actress and brings her character's vulnerability through. Strelnikov is also good as her son although doesn't have as much to do. Considine is excellent as Alfie - at first his character just seems to be a wide-boy type, saying "man" every few words and boasting about his fights and stuff, but his character is deeply written and is well brought out. The surprise performance for me was the role of Les, the internet pornographer who offers good money to Tanya for some strip work. It was a surprise because he was played by real life pornographer Steve Perry (his porn name is Ben Dover - quite famous in the UK) - although here he is credited as "Lindsey Honey", a made-up name. The fact that he essentially plays himself (just in terms of his job) but allows himself to be judged by the audience makes it an excellent, brave performance and he deserves recognition for it.

The film's weaknesses are minor but the fact that it is so bleak may be a turn off for those not willing to look past the surface. Also it moves quite slow and may frustrate at times. The way the scenes fade to black give it a bad TV feel - it feels like it was made to fade out to commercial breaks. Also the way that the seaside town is portrayed as "big brother" style town where the authorities see and know everything is at times a little hard to swallow.

Overall it is a great character piece that also gives a view of the UK from an foreigners point of view. It's slow, thoughtful and non-judgemental.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (10 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Last Resort (2000)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Last shot: question humphrey-2
quality. clearwafflejones
Available online markgoff-1
music through out the film? txlonghorns8416
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Bend It Like Beckham The Terminal The Visitor Beautiful People Birthday Girl
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.