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Import Export [DVD] [2008]

Ulrich Seidl    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Ulrich Seidl
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Trinity Production Co. Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I2DQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Powerful and rewarding, filled with striking imagery shot by cameraman Ed Lachman (Erin Brockovich, Far From Heaven) and featuring extraordinarily potent performances from its cast, Import Export is the new film from director Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days). A tour de force journey through modern-day Europe, Import Export tells two parallel stories: Olga (Ekateryna 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 (Paul Hofmann) who leaves Vienna to accompany his stepfather on a trip delivering gumball machines in Eastern Europe. Hailed by critics as a startling and bold film, it is without doubt recent European cinema s most provocative and audacious investigation of the post-Soviet universe and the new relations between East and West.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fresh view on ordinary Europeans 29 May 2011
By Ina27
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A Ukrainian nurse and an Austrian security officer in their 20s face brutality of life when their career/work stops bringing income. They are forced to move to 'the other side of Europe'. With their adventures we learn to what degree Eastern Europe is deprived and Western Europe privileged.
An alternative film title could read 'What the news will never tell you about how the other half lives'.

Let not the DVD cover deceive you: this is not a film about sex trafficking or every day life of a local brother. This is certainly not a new 'Trainspotting'. This is a bitter view on Europe as we do not know it bombarded by media on one hand and stereotypes on another.

The film showcased lives of ordinary Western and Eastern Europe citizens trapped by circumstances. Both characters are not willing to be life victims but they are not quite able to find their luck.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Migrants, go home! What is a home? 18 July 2009
Another outstanding film from Ulrich Seidl, director of Dog Days. It's a fly-on-the-wall look at the lives of Olga, a Ukranian nurse who finally gives up and moves to Austria when the hospital can't pay her salary (imagine your boss giving you 30% of your salary at the end of the month - in Ukraine and elsewhere that's not uncommon) and an Austrian security guard and his step-father who hawk gumball machines around Ukraine. The camera is unflinching in showing the detail of hard lives and the scramble for a financial existence. Overall the film is engrossing as an observational work with some striking scenes. It's not a story in the sense that there isn't an ending or a "meaning" and like Dog Days it's bleak but despite that it has huge energy and stays with you till the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Import/Export 9 Jun 2009
Just to counter the somewhat negative reviews of this film I wanted to say that I thought it was brilliant.

I get that this is a film that will never appeal to everyone's taste but it's one of the darkest, bleak, and at times surprisingly funny films I've seen in a long time, I can't recommend it enough. It does run slow but that's the whole point, life is desperately harsh at times and this is a brutally honest film that holds no punches when commenting on existence and the pursuit of doing the right thing in the most soul destroying of circumstances. The cinematography is also worth a mention as it's first class!

More and more foreign films are hitting the mark when it comes to emotional impact with amazing films coming from countries like France, Spain and Germany. I now look forward to see what other exports we get from Russia!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An uncomfortable reality 6 Jan 2014
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The subject and protagonists of this film have been adequately described in other reviews, so I won't repeat them, suffice it to say that they are the everyday stories of desperate people that we, the fortunate audience, so rarely see. These are subjects that have been covered before - the characters are instantly recognizable and in other hands might have been pointlessly added to the extensive list of exploitative cliches that we have seen so many times before. Instead, the dedication, preparation and execution by Ulrich Seidl provides an insightful, if deeply uncomfortable, portrayal of a depressing alternate reality that we all know exists, but (hopefully) have not experienced. This is a film that mixes professional actors with amateurs, mixes script with improvisation and is filmed entirely in genuine locations - right down to a geriatric ward filled with genuine (dying) patients. This is a film that is the absolute antithesis of Hollywood saccharine, it is grounded in the most painfully and convincingly observed human drama and in doing so makes for frequently difficult watching, but that authenticity is what makes it an entirely worthwhile experience. Rarely can a film truly transport you into a world that is so foreign and ugly; this film takes you into several and is convincing in every one.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Olga is Ukrainian, she works for little money in the hospital. She works hard at trying new roles, but nothing really gets her interested. Pauli, an Austrian from Vienna is also like Olga, he doesn't like his security job and wants to go away; he's also in debt so needs to flee, his step father Michael involves him in his work, where Olga gets a rather thankless job at the hospital cleaning. This is a depressing cold look at their lives, the new people they meet, and why it seems nearly pointless migrating for work purposes.

This is a very depressing movie about lives where people are working to the bone, and still not getting any satisfaction. The whole thing is filmed in very cold blue tint, and is uncompromising, which does totally mirror the way Hollywood would go about this film. Urich is not trying to glorify, or find something for Pauli and Olga to do, but he wants you to see how little enjoyment these people get in their lives, and why it's a depressing cycle of getting up, going to work and coming home.

All the cast were exceptional, and it must have been a difficult film to put together, as it's so negative and demoralising - but we do get an unembellished view of life in the Eastern Bloc, and it's a far cry from daily life in Western Europe.

This is worth watching, but I wouldn't re-watch it as it was depressing, but it did make me think about how lucky we are and how we are privileged to enjoy a life where we have running water from taps and heating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough film but great
Tough film but great. Don't watch if you're feeling down
Published 7 months ago by AJ
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid study of everyday struggles.
This film delivers and pulls no punches at all. Ulrich Seidl stamps in his authority as a serious director right off the bat. Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by Dooscah
2.0 out of 5 stars Life in the ugly raw
Ulrich Seidl's (the director) stated intention behind this film: to show without embellishment, raw situations stripped naked to the Truth, unadorned, however uncomfortable. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by Jan Mecir
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy the BluRay of this title
This is a third rate PAL SD master upconverted to HD for BD.
Published on 14 Feb 2010 by H S Marks
3.0 out of 5 stars 'The Truth, Without Embellishments'...Better On DVD
So said the director, but this film is so determined to be bleak, it's a little hard to accept that proposition. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by Philoctetes
5.0 out of 5 stars import export
Empathy. You've got to be quite cold-hearted if don't like this film. Or you may forever be addicted to fast Hollywood movies. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2009 by Sl Fonden
3.0 out of 5 stars Post-Soviet blues
The title says it all : people as commodities in the new European landscape of invisible borders. It could have been called East, West as the flow of labour in the film is both... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by technoguy
2.0 out of 5 stars oK
Someone else said its just like lilya 4 Eva, except we are spares the head bashing Russian death metal (any director that could make that work in a film would give Tarantino a run... Read more
Published on 8 April 2009 by Andrew M. Craven
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