Import Export
Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, 2007, 135 minutes, SD
Import Export Synopsis

A nurse from the Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason. Both are looking for work, a new beginning, an existence, struggling to believe in themselves, to find a meaning in life..

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Reviewed by jeteli
There's so much to admire yet also much to abhor in this movie by director Ulrich Seidl who's known for documentaries and films with frank and direct dialogues.  The scenes... more
There's so much to admire yet also much to abhor in this movie by director Ulrich Seidl who's known for documentaries and films with frank and direct dialogues.  The scenes where Olga is seen observing the girls for an online porn site were quite vulgar and took quite a couple of minutes that at times, women may find it quite degrading although it's understandable that it's showing a dark reality where such things are concerned.  Viewers witness the lives of Olga and Pauli, who barely struggle and decides to go to another place; Olga in Austria and Pauli from Austria to Ukraine. The scenes where Olga was seen as housemaid reminds me in a way of the struggles that Filipino overseas workers experience, those who work as domestic helpers in countries abroad like Hongkong, Singapore and the UAE.  However, I wasn't prepared for the next scenes at all, those that were taken in a home for the aged were so affecting and will tug at your hearstrings.  There is a very straightforward manner as elderly people were seen doing their usual routines in the said institution. Depressing and could make some people emotional, too. So, while the film is all about the quest to end poverty and the quest for a better life of two people,  it's also more or less a peek into the world of old people in a retirement home as well as a peek into the lives of those in the workforce, like cleaners and housemaids.   This film is very intense, compelling and disturbingly real! Definitely a must-wtach! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A film with a very compelling message and with disturbing visuals!  This is honestly something that some would fancy watching,  as there were offensive scenes that some viewers may not... more
A film with a very compelling message and with disturbing visuals!  This is honestly something that some would fancy watching,  as there were offensive scenes that some viewers may not be able to tolerate. Still,  all the scenes depicted has a realistic edge in it that one can't help but chuckle and shake our heads in disbelief.  There are two lead characters here, Pauli and Olga, with different paths in life but with the same objective, to be able to find work and have a better life. Though their stories don't converge at all, both try hard to earn money and in my opinion, I think Olga is doing it more sensibly than Pauli who seems to be having a good time way at times, like drinking alcohol.  The various humiliation that these characters have to go through,  especially Olga who worked as nurse, for an online porn site and on to being a housemaid and cleaner when she went to Austria are  quite disturbing but in a way has helped Olga to cope with the mundane.  She has learned to become tough to make it through in another country.  While the film doesn't give a clear conclusion,  it will give hints to the viewers that the struggle continues although the future seems bleak still, for Pauli, who is seen hitchhiking back to Austria from Ukraine. Olga on the other hand is seen laughing with the rest of her co-cleaners, signaling a more positive outcome for her.  This is a very intense and disturbing  film from  director Ulrich Seidi. 
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