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cover: Import Export (2007)

Import Export (2007)

Director(s): Ulrich Seidl

Theatrical Release: 2007

Cast: Ekateryna Rak, Paul Hofmann, Michael Thomas, Maria Hofstatter, Petra Morze, Georg Friedrich

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Dean's List

Countries: Austria, France


Location in store: German Cinema

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Running Time: 135m.

Director Ulrich Seidl's despairing, relentlessly downbeat social drama Import/Export unfolds against the backdrop of contemporary Europe. Olga (Ekateryna Rak) is a single mother struggling to raise her child with a very meagre income from her nursing job in a Ukrainian hospital. In desperation, she takes a job as a nude webcam model for an adult entertainment outfit that caters to German men, then quickly decides that life in her town is unbearable, and ultimately leaves her child with her mother, heading west to search for a better life. Meanwhile, in Austria, ne'er-do-well loser Pauli (Paul Hofmann) lives with his mother and his greasy-haired stepfather Michael (Michael Thomas), to whom he's increasingly indebted). Pauli is training to be a security guard, but gets stripped, then relentlessly beaten and assaulted by a gang of youths. Eventually, Pauli and Michael hit the road together, delivering poker and gumball machines to locations across Eastern Europe, and Michael reveals a truly degenerate side, using his time on the road for a string of sexual encounters with different women. At the same time, Olga makes her way to Austria, enduring a series of occupations including those of au pair, maid, and eventually, charwoman in a geriatric hospital plagued by mistreatment of the elderly. (allmovie.com)

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DVD Special Features:

! Interview with Director Ulrich Seidl

! Interview with Cinematographer Ed Lachman
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