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Ulrich Seidl
Austria 2006 / 135’

Seidl follows his two characters, who seemingly have nothing in common, and he creates a strong and subtle story about people desperately searching for something stable in their lives, about looking for sense in senseless chaos and finally about a clash between the East and West, both uttering the same silent scream.

Olga is a nurse in Ukraine, she has a little child and doesn't earn enough to live - at the beginning she tries to get extra money working as a prostitute, and finally she decides to go to Austria on her own. At the same time in Austria, Paul loses another job, incurs new debts and quarrels more and more severely with his stepfather, with whom he travels in the opposite direction: to Eastern Europe to sell slot-machines.

Paweł Felis, Gazeta Wyborcza

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