Last Resort (2001)
Critic Consensus: Critics are raving about Last Resort, saying it's a convincing, touching tale. Particularly impressive is the lack of script during the film's shoot.
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as Council Official
as 2nd Council Official
as Police Officer
as Station Guard
as Cafe Owner
as Gang Girl
Critic Reviews for Last Resort
One of the few films to get at the ways in which single mothers and their sons alternate being authority figures.
Dramatically low-key, Last Resort is beautifully acted, with striking realism.
Pawlikowski ... renders the events of Last Resort so unsentimentally that they unfold with the authenticity of an affecting documentary.
Audience Reviews for Last Resort
Melancholy and atmospheric Last Resort has the air of a bittersweet fairy tale. A few of the shots are hauntingly beautiful, and the cast is well chosen, but I don't quite know what it was aiming for. Though the characters are caught up in this nightmare none of the dangers seem real, from the bureaucratic police to the small time pornographer, many of the antagonists seem to be plucked from a film like Brazil where comedy is derived from the banal. Everyday men just doing their job under black-comedic circumstances. One gets the feeling that our heroine, Tanya, is trapped but never in true peril. Things appear to be softened for our consumption, which is not what you'd expect from a film of this type. This adds to the sweetness but takes away from the immediacy. In the end though this is merely purgatory not hell, and the real danger is supposed to be from Tanya herself, and her own issues, not from outside forces. What you expect from it is realism, what it gives you is surrealism. When Tanya and her son Artyom arrive at their holding area, Artyom looks out the window down at a sign proclaiming "Welcome to Dreamland." This is not a film trying to show the reality of life as an asylum seeker in Britain, it is creating its own dreamland based on that real world. It treads an fine line between comedy and drama, and in the end I think it succeeds, but part of it stays trapped in its surreal netherworld.
I can?t get enough of Paddy Considine, this tragic love story is one of a very topical theme. I?m sure it won?t be to everyone?s taste, because of the politics of the theme and it?s quite a slow moving plot, but performance wise all three main characters were supurb.
i heard abotu this on the radio and decided to watch it. i thought it aws very sad. the ending was good. it wasnt fun but it was about poverty and stuff.
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