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Where Eskimos Live (2002)

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Sharkey, part of the sinister world of child trade, picks up Vlado, an orphan of war, dreaming of freedom and a better life. They embark upon a strange and enlightening journey through war ... See full summary »

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Sharkey
Sergiusz Zymelka ...
Vlado Petric
Krzysztof Majchrzak ...
Colonel Vuko
Miroslaw Baka ...
Sharkey's employer
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Employer`s lawyer
Maja Ostaszewska
Slawomir Grzymkowski
Maciej Wojdyla
Lech Mackiewicz
Lukasz Komosa
Rafal Nakonieczny
Wojciech Smolarz
Przemyslaw Sadowski ...
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Tomasz Sapryk
Bronislaw Pawlik ...
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Sharkey, part of the sinister world of child trade, picks up Vlado, an orphan of war, dreaming of freedom and a better life. They embark upon a strange and enlightening journey through war torn Bosnia. As they struggle to get out of the country and fight to stay alive, they find a special love and compassion from which emerges their ultimate moral and spiritual redemption. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing he wanted was money. What he found was worth much more.

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5 December 2003 (Poland)  »

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Life-threatening situations can bring out the best, even in the worst of us
15 December 2004 | by (Shropshire, England) – See all my reviews

Let me say right off that this is a wonderful movie and will hear no criticism of it. It is a movie about hope and desperation; about exploitation and trust; about adversity bringing out the best in some, but the worst in others; and about love springing up in the most unlikely of situations.

Sharkey (Bob Hoskins) is a fraud, a con-man, a man prepared to exploit children rendered desperate by the diabolical realities of war. Vlado (Sergiusz Zymelka) is one such child, a street kid living rough, forced to survive on his wits and surrounded by death, despair and the horrors of war to such an extent that he is hardened by it all and his survival instincts have totally taken over. When Vlado, desperate to escape to a normal life, willingly becomes Sharkey's meal-ticket, his youthful exuberance, joy of life and practical common sense start to break down stone-clad casing surrounding the man's heart. As adversity pulls them closer together, a growing bond between this unlikely pair starts to strengthen. But will this bond eventually break both of their hearts, or will it prove to be their ultimate salvation? Bob Hoskins was terrific in an unaccustomed role. But Sergiusz Zymelka was a revelation. His performance was nothing short of sensational for one so young. His performance was worthy of an Oscar nomination. One has to wonder why a young actor with this much talent is playing small parts on television in his native Poland, when casting agents from around the world ought to be knocking his door down! Ten out of ten for the movie. The rating for Sergiusz Zymelka is right off the scale. Top ten all-time child actor performance for me.


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