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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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  (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 and Artyom have come to the arcade to get a phone card]
Tanya:Hello... uhh... they told me you sell phone card.
Alfie:You want a phone card?
Alfie:[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?
Alfie:Scratch that number off, yeah?
Alfie:Dial in that number there, yeah?
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Good story, but the director's vision actually got in the way of our engagement. ** (out of four), 25 February 2001

LAST RESORT / (2001) ** (out of four)

By Blake French:

"Last Resort" suffers from exactly the opposite problem that agonized "Surveillance." That film had a really interesting style, part documentary, part detective story, totally photographed with a variety of digital cameras, giving the movie an authentic sense. The movie failed because the filmmakers did not put enough energy or effort into the script. "Last Resort" has a heartbreaking, oddly engaging story, but its style keeps the viewer distant and distraught. As I left this movie, I felt cheated out of what could have been a very good film.

Pawel Pavlikovsky, the Polish writer and director, certainly avoided the usual clichés involved here. He creates focused characters who define their environment and determine their own future. Most of the movie is unpredictable and hidden, we are unsure where things are headed from the first shot. Pavlikovsky combines psychological truth and realism in the film's visual style; there are frequent switches between hand-held shots and static composed wide shots. It's as if the characters are submerged in a dreamlike documentary reality.

The movie tells the story of Tanya (Dina Korzun), and her son Artiom (Artiom Strelnikov). Tanya leaves Moscow with her street wise 10 year old to meet her fiance in England. When he is not at the airport, she requests political asylum. The two confused individuals find themselves virtually imprisoned in a deserted seaside resort where all refugees are forced to reside. There are no privileges, no money, and no means of escape.

With failed attempts to get a hold her alleged finance, Tanya finds herself in a strange relationship with a nice man named Alfie (Paddy Considine). Tanya is not really eager to start a new relationship though, being betrayed by her fiancee and all. Her complications deepen when Artiom becomes friends with the wrong kids, and as a means of making money to pay for her passport, she becomes involved with an Internet pornographer, challenging her morality and conscience, as well as jeopardizing her relationship with Alfie.

Dina Korzun's performance is interesting because she bases every scene on the fact that she is a stranger in an unfamiliar area. The rest of the characters cannot really do much with the material because it is so focused on the gimmick. Pawlikowski injects a fun subtle terror through a carnival funhouse atmosphere, but the movie never takes off with the material; success would be unequivocal if the film was created in a typical Hollywood fashioned rather than Pawlikowski's attempt at new and original filmmaking techniques.

This film has ample potential and an interesting premise, but it is so depressing when director's noble intentions get in the way of an otherwise captivating motion picture.

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