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Import/Export (2007)

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A nurse from the Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ekateryna Rak ...
Lidiya Oleksandrivna Savka ...
Olgas Mutter
Oksana Ivanivna Sklyarenko ...
Olgas Baby
Dmytro Andriyovich Gachkov ...
Olgas Bruder
Natalya Baranova ...
Olgas Freundin in der Ukraine (as Natalija Baranova)
Miloslava Kubkova ...
Web Sex Hausmeisterin
Katka Ackermannová ...
Web Sex Girl
Lucie Radlová ...
Web Sex Girl
Zdenka Tothová ...
Web Sex Girl
Natalja Epureanu ...
Olgas Freundin in Österreich (as Natalia Epureanu)
Gerhard Komarek ...
Putzfirma Instruktor
Herta Wonesch ...
Frau mit ausgestopftem Fuchs
Petra Morzé ...
Mutter Einfamilienhaus
Lisa Hubbauer ...
Tochter Einfamilienhaus
Ronald Volny ...
Aufsicht Reinigungsfrauen Geriatrie


A nurse from the Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.

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Featured in Metropolis: Cannes 2007 - Special (2007) See more »


Written by (Dunajewskij / W. Lebedjew-Kumatsch)
Performed by Pjotr Leschenko
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This film needs exporting to the mouths of hell!
5 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Holy hell I have never had such a night. I recorded "Import/Export" on Film4, it was on there as part of the "Extreme Season" and thought that I'd give it a watch because it looked quite unsettling and I expected it to be slow-paced, yet gripping. It was none of those things. It wasn't even slow paced, it was beyond slow paced, I didn't even know a film could be this slow paced! I gave it a watch last night, and I understand that it was about 2hrs 30mins long but it felt like 4 and a half hours. I didn't actually read anything up about the film before viewing it, because I thought it was one of those films like "The Ordeal" where its better to let things unfold before knowing what's going to happen. Why the hell does this have an average rating of 7.0? I feel generous giving it 1!

I don't often give films 1/10 because I can usually find something positive like the directing, or the effect it had on me. I even gave Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" 2/10 on the account of it making me feel so uncomfortable and feeling disturbed that it's and experience I'll never forget. Similary "Import/Export" is an experience I'm not likely forget and not for the right reasons. I'll never forget it because I never knew that film could be this boring! Think of "Amelie" or "Mouln Rouge". Do you remember how full of energy and life they were? Well, "Import/Export" is the absolute polar-opposite of these films. Now, I'm not trying to say that it should be as full of life as those films because that clearly isn't what it's trying to go for here. But, what I am saying is it should just have a little bit of something that actually leads it on a path to somewhere.

The film's biggest issue was that it didn't have a plot. So there are these two stories. One about a Ukrainian lady who goes around looking for a job, the system goes, finds one, loses it, finds one loses it and these jobs aren't exciting either, nothing happens that is significant in them at all. The second one is about a father and a step son going around looking for a job, this time with a twist (wait for it!!) they're looking for one IN the Ukraine! I know! I couldn't believe its interesting originality either! Oh, and guess what. Nothing happens. For the already long over-running time their is actually no content in the film. I believe the director's intentions was to show the truth about our human world and show how depraved we can be. Listen mate, I don't mind if you show me this, but at least present in a more exciting way. The two characters travel a road with pointless encounters that leads to nowhere and so does the film.

The characters are completely unidentifiable, they're given little character and have little things to like about them. One's an immigrant who can't communicate the Austrian language and the other ones immigrants who can't speak the Ukrainian language. Hooray! Fun times. And who can forget the absolutely horrendous sexual imagery that served no purpose but to poison the viewers mind and probably to excite the perverted director. Some images were like porn. In fact it was porn really. The director said that he wanted these two scenes in to show the truth, that these things actually happen and people are too happy to brush it under the carpet. He said that he wanted to make them long so that it would have an impact. Yeah right, he's just a pervert! Listen here, Moon Unit, I know that the sex industry exists and I know about prostitution so you don't need to shove pointless pornographic images down my throat to understand that! If I wanted to watch porn, I'd go down to "WHSmiths" and look in the "Adult" section, but I don't want to watch porn! I want to watch a decent film! "Import/Export" is probably the worst film I've ever seen.

I felt like I spent my whole life down in that sitting room and I seriously am struggling to think of a film I'd rather not watch than sit through this again! I can't understand why I didn't stop it? I've come close to stopping a film before ("Live Feed") but I've never actually done it. If I made it through "Import/Export" I think that I could probably watch anything with glee. So, weirdly I don't regret watching it, because now I can watch anything and see how so much better it is compared to this. The scenes with the geriatric patients were sometimes quite distressing and so the final scene was quite haunting for me. But, that doesn't change any of my views about this film. It's a plot less, characterless, scriptless mess that shouldn't be allowed to play on screens without giving a health warning first. I've heard people call films a 'snooze-fest' and I think that this is pretty much the definition on one.

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