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.