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Import Export (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 October 2007 (Germany)
A nurse from Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.

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Ulrich Seidl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ekateryna Rak Ekateryna Rak ... Olga
Lidiya Oleksandrivna Savka Lidiya Oleksandrivna Savka ... Olgas Mutter
Oksana Ivanivna Sklyarenko Oksana Ivanivna Sklyarenko ... Olgas Baby
Dmytro Andriyovich Gachkov Dmytro Andriyovich Gachkov ... Olgas Bruder
Natalya Baranova Natalya Baranova ... Olgas Freundin in der Ukraine (as Natalija Baranova)
Miloslava Kubkova Miloslava Kubkova ... Web Sex Hausmeisterin
Katka Ackermannová Katka Ackermannová ... Web Sex Girl
Lucie Radlová Lucie Radlová ... Web Sex Girl
Zdenka Tothová Zdenka Tothová ... Web Sex Girl
Natalja Epureanu Natalja Epureanu ... Olgas Freundin in Österreich (as Natalia Epureanu)
Gerhard Komarek Gerhard Komarek ... Putzfirma Instruktor
Herta Wonesch Herta Wonesch ... Frau mit ausgestopftem Fuchs
Petra Morzé ... Mutter Einfamilienhaus
Lisa Hubbauer Lisa Hubbauer ... Tochter Einfamilienhaus
Ronald Volny Ronald Volny ... Aufsicht Reinigungsfrauen Geriatrie
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A nurse from Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

Austria | France | Germany

Language:

German | Russian | Slovak | Czech | English

Release Date:

18 October 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Import/Export See more »

Filming Locations:

Krasnyi Luch, Ukraine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Mutter Einfamilienhaus: [Olgais told that shes fired] I Don't have to tell you my reasons. I just change my mind. I can hire you and fire you. That's how it is in this country.
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Written by (Dunajewskij / W. Lebedjew-Kumatsch)
Performed by Pjotr Leschenko
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A Film That Should Elicit A Response From The Viewer
2 November 2007 | by scandojazzbuffSee all my reviews

No matter what you think about a film like Import/Export, you have to have some kind of reaction to it. It is an unsettling, bleak look at a couple of lives that the viewer will rarely think about unless confronted with in a film like this. The story takes place in both Ukraine and in Austria and focuses on 2 lives of very different people who share a similar circumstance of being at the end of the line in the place that they live in. Both seek change and their circumstances take very different shapes and fates but share a similar intention, to find a better life.

The director and writer give us little hope in their depiction of these 2 lives and how their environments constantly conspire to either keep them down or challenge their will to survive and change. It is a story at once about Eastern Europe and a story about the world's 'lower classes' and their monumental struggle against inertia and their past. It is a movie filled with images, humor, highs and lows, and, graphic scenes of sexual play that all add to the base quality of the human experience that exists not only in Eastern Europe, but, many place in the world today. Human beings have created incredible technology and yet there is still so much ignorance, cruelty, and, general meanness in the world. A rough film told with a keen eye toward a subtle message.


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