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DVD Review by David Blackwelll
DETAILS:   135 minutes, two interview, original theatrical trailer, Tartan previews
VIDEO:  1.66:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  German/ Slovak/ Russian/ English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English
STUDIO:  Coproduction Office/ Film Institut/ ORF/ arte/ 2DF/ conwert/ Ulrich Seidl Film/ Palisades Tartan
RELEASE DATE:  1-26-2010

Olga moves from the Ukraine to Austria searching for a better life while Paul (an unemployed security guard) heads to the Ukraine for work.   They never meet, but their stories strike a nerve about life and hope.  Olga wants hope and a better life while Paul craps all over life (as he goes through the motions of life).  Olga fights to give her life a little meaning while Paul is an unlikeable prick (his step-dad isn't that much better when he decides to cheat on Paul's mom with Paul knowing it).

IMPORT EXPORT is about the ups and downs of life.  You have hope and helplessness.  You have people hanging on at the end of their lives (like the old man Olga strikes up a friendship with at the hospital where she works as a cleaning lady).   Sometimes we have to find hope and take a chance.  IMPORT EXPORT is about the journey that two people make and the choices they make.   They never meet and in a lesser film they just might.  The film isn't about them meeting and forming a connection.  They have paralell stories that echo each other.

The original theatrical trailer is on the disc in addition to two short interviews- one with Director Urich Seidl and the other with Cinematographer Ed Lachman (who compares Seidl to Krzysztof Kieslowski- the director of the Three Colors trilogy).
Also on the disc are trailers for other Tartan releases.
FINAL ANALYSIS:   IMPORT EXPORT is all about hope and life and death and the ups and downs of life.  If you don't just want another piece of escapist entertainment, you might want to give IMPORT EXPORT a watch.
this DVD review is (c)2-1-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted iwthout permission.  All Rights Reserved.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com