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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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Too long for the substance to sustain and too simplistic in its message, characters and narrative See more (19 total) »

Cast

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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
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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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12 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Too long for the substance to sustain and too simplistic in its message, characters and narrative, 12 April 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

I came to this film when it was mentioned by a fellow IMDb user who occasionally points me towards some European films that I have not seen. More often than not they are fairly bleak affairs but, while Hollywood probably dominates the action genre, Europe tends to be best at films dealing with the bleakness of life. And so it is here in a film that painstakingly depicts the bleakness of the lives of two characters. Olga is a nurse in the Ukraine who travels to the West for a better life and finds herself working in an old people's home as a cleaner. Meanwhile Pauli is a young man in Austria who has little going for him employment-wise and finds himself under the wing of his morally defunct step-father.

It is not a theme that I haven't seen before but here it seems to be the entire film and there is surprisingly little in the way of narrative framework, far less actual narrative flow to it. In itself this maybe isn't a problem because "experience" films can work as well as "start/middle/end" stories – but to go for in excess of two hours without much of a story is a tall order and it is one that this film cannot fill. Without much of a story or characters what results is essentially a wallow in some specific examples of life as survival until death and very little else. This message is perhaps fair enough but it is delivered without much intelligence and comment, just scene after scene laid out. It doesn't even really have any sort of central scenes or direction to it and indeed doesn't even have any "big" moments that one could see as having been built to – although I'm not saying it would have been better by artificially having them.

The cinema vérité style is to be commended because it does convince as a piece of realism (which is why perhaps not having one big "event" is a good thing) but the downside of it is that, like life sometimes, it is pretty dull and doesn't really have much meaning behind it. And this is what I took away from the film because I did find it to be far too long for the loose material to sustain and it did feel like each and every scene had only the same message to deliver and it just kept repeating that long after the audience had gotten it. I guess if you're looking for a film to confirm the drabness of existence then this is it but it must be said that there are films that do it with a lot more meaning and heart than this one.

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