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Ulrich Seidl excels in giving Import/Export feel of a documentary and in showing how advanced the humans are in corrupting and humiliating one another. I think this film takes a prize for the amount of the un- sexy, most unpleasant and longest X-rated scenes ever filmed. I guess if sex is not accompanied with love, desire or at least, lust, it is very boring and uncomfortable to watch and makes a viewer guilty for the degradation they are forced to watch and makes them want to stop or fast-forward these scenes as fast as possible. If that what Ulrich Seidle intentions were - he succeeded fully. Let me put it this way - Import/Export is a well-made move. It made me think of the serious matters - for instance, how high is the price of freedom to look for and to find a better life, to support yourself and your family, to be able to go to any country you chose and to succeed there. I did not see a single false note in any performance given mostly by the non- professionals. Import/Export achieves what it was set to do but I would never watch it again. I got the point(s) and I don't think that it is for multiple viewings.
There are two parallel stories: Olga (Rak) who leaves behind her mother and young child in the Ukraine to seek out a better life in Vienna;and a headstrong young security guard Pauli (Hoffman) who is unemployed and on the run from loan sharks, leaves Vienna to accompany his step-father on a trip delivering gumball machines in Eastern Europe. However his lascivious step-father has other things like the humiliation of young Ukrainian prostitutes( again real) on his mind much to his step-son's disgust. His escape from this relationship is a sign of hope and independence though he is still unemployed. Olga too has to demean herself- abused by internet porn customers,also a young boy at the home in Vienna where she is an au pair; and has to take the inferior job of a cleaner on a geriatric ward when she is a qualified nurse.
Although the scenes on the ward are gruesomely voyeuristic, breach confidentiality, there is dignity and warmth and redemption in her dance with the dying man.Read more ›
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I thought this film was an interesting glimpse into the 99% until I realized it was about me.Published 2 months ago by Anne Brody
If you are an adult movie watcher as I am this one is not the best but I was very fond of this.Published 20 months ago by Clem
A funny story of post-communist Europe where people going around to meet ends, prostitution flourishing and sons are less interesting in sex than their kinky old men. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Michael Kerjman
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