Import/Export (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A grim and disturbing vision from Ulrich Seidl, makes for an uncomfortable and uncompromising picture of life, that is anything but comfy and pedestrian.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The mood is as dismal as the weather in Import/Export, by Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl.

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Scott Foundas
Village Voice

Seidl's film arguably offers the toughest (and toughest to stomach) portrait of individuals tempest-tossed by the currents of the new global economy.

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Christoph Huber
Cinema Scope

... fierce humanism in the face of a world shaped by market logic and humiliation.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Ulrich Seidl's Import Export is an unflinching, at times almost unbearably hard yet moral look at human exploitation.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Import Export adds the welcome element of humanity to stand between the cruelty and humor.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Import Export demands we contemplate the horror and the beauty of existence in equal measure.

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Russell Edwards

Miserable but masterful.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

There is never a moment telegraphed in the story...keeping me interested and attentive throughout its 2 hour runtime.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
The story takes place in both Ukraine and Austria and focuses on 2 lives of very different people who share a similar circumstance of being at the end of the… More
Gordon Anderson
Brutally vivid analysis of East/West relations today with an unsparingly honest portrayal of the bleak situations the two main protagonists find themselves in.… More
Panta Oz
This Austrian film directed by Ulrich Seidl was nominated for the Palme d'Or in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix - Golden Apricot… More