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Lana's Rain (2002)

R | | Drama | 27 February 2004 (USA)
This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana's only chance to escape the ... See full summary »

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Lana (as Oksana Orlenko)
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Darco Lucev
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Julian
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Katrina
Stacey Crawley ...
Vermonica (as Stacey Slowik)
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Gen. Donoffrio
Alex Diatchenco ...
Celo
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Marco
Kelly Haizen ...
Alex
Robert Varvel ...
Nayona
Yasen Peyankov ...
Cab Driver
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Lou
Jason Pardo ...
Leon
Abelardo Ghoulam ...
Gus
Andrzej Krukowski ...
Doctor (as Andrew Krukowski)
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This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana's only chance to escape the war-torn Balkans is her long-lost brother, Darko, a street-smart gangster with enemies intent on revenge. Isolated at first by her inability to speak English, Lana desperately hopes that she and her brother can achieve the American dream that she can only glimpse. But her illusions are shattered as she is forced to survive by any means possible on the mean streets of Chicago. As she gets pulled deeper and deeper into her brother's criminal world while a steely determination grows in her heart, lana must risk her own life to overcome Darko and his pursuers if she hopes to finally realize her dream. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »
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$215,000 (estimated)
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title cards: During and following the Balkan Wars of the 1990's, various types of war criminals and low level mobsters escaped to countries in Western Europe fleeing either the authorities or their enemies. Some even found their way to America, hiding out on the back streets of large cities while taking on new identities. Many more innocent people came to America dreaming of a better life and a fresh start away from all the horrors they had witnessed.
title cards: Out of this turmoil comes the story of ...
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Exhibit 16
performed by YER MOTHERS LOVERS
produced by Dave Uhrich
mastered by Jim Godsey
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A dark film that not even light can escape it.

This film has everything you could ask for in an indie and more! Although this picture is bookended by a commercialized style, in no way does it undermine the heart of the story. The character of Lana, portrayed by newcomer Oksana Orlenko, goes through an amazing arc of ordeals. Her brother, portrayed by Nickolai Stoilov, does not have as wide an arc, but does provide the emotional conflicts and resistance with our female protagonist. The production value is high for the low cost. I heard that the film was made for under $300,000 which proves that producer Joel Goodman and director Michael Ojeda makes every shot for dollar count. I look forward in seeing the stars rise to a brighter spotlight soon. The film is dark and puts the beautiful locales of Chicago in a new light. Or, in this case, a new shadow.


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