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Struggle (2003)

Contemporary Austria close to the border between East and West and hence between wealth and poverty. Ewa, a young Polish woman, hustles from one job to the next - picking strawberries, ... See full summary »

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Gottfried Breitfuss ... Harold (as Gottfried Breitfuß)
Margit Wrobel ... Doctor
Martin Brambach ... Martin
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Contemporary Austria close to the border between East and West and hence between wealth and poverty. Ewa, a young Polish woman, hustles from one job to the next - picking strawberries, working in a poultry slaughterhouse, scrubbing the swimming pools of the rich. Her existence is stripped to the level of subsistence and driven by the hope of finding better prospects for her and her little daughter. In the second part of the film, a recently divorced Viennese real estate agent begins haunting swingers' bars, hoping to fill the emptiness that reverberates through his new life. He does not have Ewa's financial anxiety, but he struggles for basic human contact. Both Ewa and Marold are physically vulnerable - Ewa due to her precarious ability to provide for her material needs, Marold because his stultifying isolation drives him to exploit his body in order to feel. When they meet, their desperation carries them to even greater extremes. Written by lament

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Social Realism without the drama
19 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I can appreciate Ruth Mader's noble attempt at portraying the evils of capitalism as symbolized by the satiated EU members, but then why not do a documentary. rather than spending 3/4 of the film depicting the miseries of migrant workers, and then clumsily attempt to connect it with a modicum of drama. Realistically, this is a student's film with plenty of "good intentions" -- a a feature film, it fails. Not worth the bother...


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