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11 October 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Ekateryna Rak ... Olga
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
Maria Hofstätter ... Schwester Maria
Georg Friedrich ... Pfleger Andi
Erich Finsches ... Herr Schlager
Gerhard Fuchs ... Alleinunterhalter Geriatrie
Margarete Schlamm ... Patientin Geriatrie
Sissy Nöster ... Patientin Geriatrie
Katharina Riedinger ... Patientin Geriatrie
Olga Macho ... Patientin Geriatrie
Magdalena Vorlaufert ... Patientin Geriatrie
Christine Ewal ... Patientin Geriatrie
Karoline Friedrich ... Patientin Geriatrie
Herta Sezemsky ... Patientin Geriatrie
Gertrude Strommer ... Patientin Geriatrie
Hans Buxbaum ... Patient Geriatrie
Josef Haller ... Patient Geriatrie
Walter Neukirch ... Patient Geriatrie
Karl Schandl ... Patient Geriatrie
Rudolf Schneider ... Patient Geriatrie
Nikolaus Tscholitsch ... Patient Geriatrie
Alexander Kato ... Patient Geriatrie
Paul Hofmann ... Paul
Peter Linduska ... Security Ausbilder
Marco Dobianer ... Securitytruppe
Serdar Caliskan ... Securitytruppe
Thomas Nash ... Securitytruppe
Harald Huschka ... Securitytruppe
Lukas Prusa ... Securitytruppe
Gerald Uwira ... Securitytruppe
Michael Komzak ... Securitytruppe
Christina York ... Pauls Freundin
Michael Thomas ... Pauls Stiefvater

Brigitte Kren ... Pauls Mutter
Ramazan Akpinar ... Türkenbande
Cemkaan Akbulut ... Türkenbande
Sinan Saridogan ... Türkenbande
Akin Öztürk ... Türkenbande
Martin Fiedler ... Schuldner
Alexander Sykora ... Schuldenentreiber
Dirk Stermann ... Job Coach Arbeitsamt
Miliza Jovic ... Frau am Arbeitsamt
Christofer Pucher ... Automatenhändler
Marta Totova ... Frau im Cafe in der Slowakei
Alexander Mroc ... Roma
Ján Horváth ... Roma
Dezider Hricko ... Roma
Jozef Balog ... Roma
Mária Mrocová ... Roma Girl
Nikola Mrocová ... Roma Girl
Diana ... Mädchen in der Disco
Anastasia Sergeyeva ... Prostituierte Hotelzimmer

Directed by
Ulrich Seidl 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Veronika Franz 
Ulrich Seidl 

Produced by
Maxim Asadchiy .... line producer (as Maxim Asadchy)
Philippe Bober .... co-producer
Ulrich Seidl .... producer
Lucki Stipetic .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roman Gottwald 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
Wolfgang Thaler 
 
Film Editing by
Christof Schertenleib 
 
Production Design by
Andreas Donhauser 
Renate Martin 
 
Art Direction by
Alexandra Maringer 
Julia Oberndorfinger 
 
Costume Design by
Silvia Pernegger 
 
Makeup Department
Silvia Pernegger .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Max Linder .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Hoesl .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Hubert Klausner .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ekkehart Baumung .... sound
Sebastian Heyser .... foley editor
Peter Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Erik Mischijew .... sound designer
Matz Müller .... sound designer
Sebastian Schmidt .... foley editor
 
Editorial Department
Jimmy Mann .... colorist: dailies
 
Other crew
Alexandra Maringer .... location scout
Louis Oellerer .... location manager
Elisabeth Zemann .... production coordinator
 

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141 min | South Korea:123 min
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Life without home, 20 October 2009
Author: paul2001sw-1 (paul2001sw@yahoo.co.uk) from Saffron Walden, UK

Many film's about sad, boring lives are themselves boring (and not truly sad). Not so Ulrich Siedl's remarkable 'Import/Export', which tells a simple, and fundamentally depressing, story at great length, but with compelling naturalism. Not only that, but Siedl shows an uncanny ability to find interesting shots: the film has a haunting quality, and in every scene there's something that draws the viewer's attention and makes one think. The plot, such as it is, tells the story of two people, a Ukranian woman to emigrates to Austria in search of a better life, and an Austrian man who ends up in Ukraine; in Hollywood, their stories would inevitably be drawn together, but Siedl keeps them in parallel throughout. One link is that both are involved (at different ends) in the Ukranian sex industry, and Siedl's uncompromising depiction of this attracted some notoriety for this movie; but it's a long way from a titillating film.

The acting is excellent, and the way the characters evolve is fascinating. Ekatarina Rak's Olga is allowed to inch slowly towards a better life in Austria, albeit at a high price. Paul Hofmann's Pauli is even more interesting, a loner and misfit denied the chance by his environment to become a good person; disaffected from his present life, he can find no route map to another one. Not only do the two stories not converge, but one ends with a lengthy series of hospital scenes in which the origin of the central character is of decreasing importance; this could be a film about lonely people anywhere. Indeed, for all the film's "naturalism", it's depiction of social reality might perhaps be questioned, I would have guessed this movie was set in 1997 rather than 10 years later (although my own estimate of reality is based on the newspapers, so it may well be this that is wrong). Certainly the film is not an explicit political indictment. But it is a sympathetic and original insight into existential loneliness and the harshness of life in the modern world.

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