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Last Resort (2000)

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | 16 March 2001 (UK)
When a young Russian woman and her son leave Moscow to meet her fiancé, who fails to show up, she declares political asylum.


Pawel Pawlikowski
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Cast overview:
Dina Korzun ... Tanya
Artyom Strelnikov Artyom Strelnikov ... Artyom
Paddy Considine ... Alfie
Ben Dover ... Les (as Lindsey Honey)
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Immigration Officer
Katie Drinkwater Katie Drinkwater ... Katie
Dave Bean Dave Bean ... Frank
Adrian Scarborough ... Council Official
David Auker ... 2nd Council Official
Bruce Byron Bruce Byron ... Police Officer
Jim Trevellyan Jim Trevellyan ... Station Guard
Marcus Redwood Marcus Redwood ... Cafe Owner
Zoe Sharpe Zoe Sharpe ... Gang Girl
Daniel Mobey Daniel Mobey ... Danny


Tanya arrives in London with her son Artyom, expecting to be met by her boyfriend. When he doesn't show and immigration wants to send her back to Russia, she asks for political asylum to buy some time. She has no idea that this will consign them for at least a year to a detention center, a fenced "city" near an abandoned seaside amusement park. Once there, realizing her boyfriend will never help her, she just wants to go home, but withdrawing the petition for asylum takes months. She's approached by pornographers inviting her to strip on line for cash; she's befriended by Alfie, a clerk at a convenience store at the center. She's a dreamer; what can she do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The actor playing 'Les', Lindsey Honey, with his adult themed projects, is involved in the similar business direction in real life, under the artistic name of 'Ben Dover'. See more »


[Tanya and Artyom are in their flat in the evening, talking about Mark. Tanya is intently trying to open a can of food]
Artyom: On ne priyedat. Davay, ya otkroyu. (He's not coming. Hand me that, I'll open it.)
Tanya: Pochemu? (Why?)
Artyom: On, navernoye, peredumal. (He's probably changed his mind.)
Tanya: Pochemu? (Why?)
Artyom: Potomu chto on nevrastenik. Ty tozhe ne sovsem normal'naya. Vy, navernoye, podkhodite. (Because he's neurotic. You're not completely normal yourself, either. You're probably well suited.)
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16 March 2002 | by kevin cSee all my reviews

A contemporary film that perfectly captures the asylum crisis in 21st century Britain. It's a touching well-acted film, reminiscent of some of the earliest Film Four productions in the 1980s.

Ultimately it poses so many questions. Should action be taken, and is here a limit to the number of asylum applications? Why do they come, when they're treated so awfully?

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English | Russian

Release Date:

16 March 2001 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$37,283, 25 February 2001

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