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

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[Les and Frank, the Internet pornographers, have approached and solicited Tanya in the cafe]
Les: Yeah? Gorgeous cheekbones... yeah, gorgeous cheekbones, they're fantastic. So, anyhow, what I was going to do, I don't want to take up too much of your time. But, there's my card.
Tanya: Yes.
Les: Ok? And, uhh, you know, if you're interested, give me call. But, if there's anything else I can do, let me... I am Mr. Stonehaven. Everybody knows me around here, so, if you need me, call me. There's my card. All right? ...
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Happy Heart
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Slow, thoughtful, non-judgemental character piece.
24 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A young Russian woman Tanya and her son arrive in England and claim political asylum in order to be allowed to stay. They are then put in a holding area in a sea-side town in Northern England and told they must wait for 12-16 months while their claims are processed. They find their situation and the town to be equally bleak and look for a way out. Two options present themselves - the kindness of arcade owner Alfie and the well-paying exploitation of pornographer Les.

This is a little gem of a film - very short but strong in almost every other area. The plot is not a typical life of an asylum seeker in the UK but it allows us to see life from their point of view. This doesn't mean that it's all bleak - Tanya sees humanity, exploitation, hate and indifference (the officers just doing their job who can't look into everyone's needs). The story is quite straightforward and at times doesn't seem to be going anywhere - the conclusion is pretty open, it's clever but it isn't satisfying for those wanting an end to the story. It's more a character piece that also looks at the UK's asylum policy. However it doesn't judge anyone or anything - it is wonderful in the way it simply presents the story with little sentiment or emotion and without pointing fingers at anyone or any situation. It could have easily been very preachy.

The cast are great. Korzun is a great actress and brings her character's vulnerability through. Strelnikov is also good as her son although doesn't have as much to do. Considine is excellent as Alfie - at first his character just seems to be a wide-boy type, saying "man" every few words and boasting about his fights and stuff, but his character is deeply written and is well brought out. The surprise performance for me was the role of Les, the internet pornographer who offers good money to Tanya for some strip work. It was a surprise because he was played by real life pornographer Steve Perry (his porn name is Ben Dover - quite famous in the UK) - although here he is credited as "Lindsey Honey", a made-up name. The fact that he essentially plays himself (just in terms of his job) but allows himself to be judged by the audience makes it an excellent, brave performance and he deserves recognition for it.

The film's weaknesses are minor but the fact that it is so bleak may be a turn off for those not willing to look past the surface. Also it moves quite slow and may frustrate at times. The way the scenes fade to black give it a bad TV feel - it feels like it was made to fade out to commercial breaks. Also the way that the seaside town is portrayed as "big brother" style town where the authorities see and know everything is at times a little hard to swallow.

Overall it is a great character piece that also gives a view of the UK from an foreigners point of view. It's slow, thoughtful and non-judgemental.


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