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Director Ulrich Seidl's despairing, relentlessly downbeat social drama Import/Export unfolds against the backdrop of contemporary Europe. Olga (Ekateryna Rak) is a single mother struggling to raise her child with a very meager income from her nursing job in a Ukrainian hospital. In desperation, she takes a job as a nude webcam model for an adult entertainment outfit that caters to German men, then quickly decides that life in her town is unbearable, and ultimately leaves her child with her mother, heading west to search for a better life. Meanwhile, in Austria, ne'er-do-well loser… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mood is as dismal as the weather in Import/Export, by Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Seidl's film arguably offers the toughest (and toughest to stomach) portrait of individuals tempest-tossed by the currents of the new global economy."
‑ Scott Foundas, Village Voice
"Import Export adds the welcome element of humanity to stand between the cruelty and humor."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Technically, the sedate yet stunning 35mm camera is there for the ride and somehow never imposes or dominates the content. And the result is a true triumph."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"The titular backslash of Import/Export turns out to be a vast geographical schism, crossed only intermittently by thin strands of mutual emotional anguish."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Ulrich Seidl's Import Export is an unflinching, at times almost unbearably hard yet moral look at human exploitation."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Seidl's canny mix of professional and non-professional actors delivers a series of performances, major and minor, of genuinely heart-tugging truth and heartening humanity."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"There is never a moment telegraphed in the story...keeping me interested and attentive throughout its 2 hour runtime."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Occasionally drags, but offers a relentlessly stark glimpse into the morbid, tragic life of two lost souls who haven't found happiness or prosperity."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Sometimes a bit hard to stomach, but has such vividly realistic characters and situations that it can't be ignored."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Import Export demands we contemplate the horror and the beauty of existence in equal measure."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Miserable but masterful."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"Eastern work ethic vs. the softer West. It is clear who Seidl sides with."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"blunt and brutal"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Seidl is a special talent, reared on documentary and determined to get near the truth with a placidly baleful eye. You are at liberty to hate or admire his work - but you can scarcely ignore it."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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