The Last Resort

The Last Resort
  • 2001
  • UK
  • 1h 16min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski
  • Written by: Rowan Joffé &, Paweł Pawlikowski
  • Cast: Dina Korzun, Artyom Strelnikov, Paddy Considine
  • Language: English, Russian

In a rundown seaside resort on England's south coast that resembles a Siberian concentration camp, refugees seeking shelter in Britain are held at the Government's pleasure, facing interminable imprisonment or eventual deportation. Into this shameful xenophobic mess blunders Tanya, a young woman arriving from Moscow with her ten-year-old son. This is tough, politicised cinema, reminiscent of the waking nightmares of Orwell and Kafta. Polish writer-director Pawlikowski effectively draws on his documentary background, while the main players are superb, particularly Considine, making only his second appearance after his extraordinary debut in A Room For Romeo Brass.

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