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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.

Director:

Pawel Pawlikowski
13 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Dina Korzun ... Tanya
Artyom Strelnikov Artyom Strelnikov ... Artyom
Paddy Considine ... Alfie
Steve Perry Steve Perry ... 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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

16 March 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Oportunidade See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,283, 25 February 2001

Gross USA:

$37,283

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,238
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Budget was relatively low for theatrical showing intention, as was not originally intended for theatrical release. See more »

Quotes

[Tanya and Alfie are talking late at night in the empty bingo hall. Tanya has been drinking, and starts to cry]
Alfie: What's the matter. Ah, no, no. Hey, don't get upset.
Tanya: Sorry.
Alfie: No, it's alright, man, it's alright. Ok. Why are you so upset?
Tanya: Because I'm crazy.
Alfie: No, you're not crazy.
Tanya: Yes.
Alfie: Why?
Tanya: Yes. I'm so stupid. I don't know... This city, it's like... it's like punishment for me, it's like punishment for some mistakes in my life. You know, yes, yes, really. I make so many mistakes.
Alfie: I've made mistakes. ...
[...]
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Happy Heart
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Stay For One More Night.
27 February 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Last Resort

Pawlikowski has a certain theme in his films. Never changing and yet always inspiring in its new dimension that it is confined in, Pawel Pawlikowski; the co-writer and director, manages to whisper a love story in every tale of his. Back dropping the entire romance in a political satire, he jolts down each moment into an antic that it can thrive upon. Speaking fluently at the brisk of almost seventy five minutes, he has a lot of ground to cover, in this one short sprint. The brooded figures analyzed in here has a mature levity in them, in a way that isn't humorous, but fascinating and expressive about their behavior.

Tanya our host of this temporary stay in a new world played beautifully by Dina Korzun, who is surprisingly far better whilst being goofy and silly around her companions, rather than sulking alone in a room. She gazes her child and the film somehow seems complete in its entirety. The fear goes away, along with all the threats and troubles, the chemistry crafted by her is enough to speak for all of them.

But personally, I feel for Alfie (Paddy Considine), he is the real backbone of the film and our protagonist, he is supporting without any questions or any trade, he is so good a character, that he seems superficial, sort of a fragment of Korzun's imagination. And her kid too has something to fill in, something to say, and that very character proves Pawlikowski's attempt of completing the circle, the script, to its full. Although, the theme explored are often dark in his films, there is a sweet innocence in its deeds that doesn't let go of your hand. Last Resort is neither the first nor last, it is a vital, memorable one that can't be replaced.


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