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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A naive young Russian woman, Tanya, and her streetwise son are detained at a London airport when her elusive English fiance fails to collect them. In a panicked effort to avoid deportation, Tanya asks for political asylum and she and her son are immediately transported to the dreary seaside resort of Stonehaven where thousands of other immigrants remain cloistered pending their review. In a state of virtual imprisonment, Tanya befriends the manager of an amusement arcade whose affection and generosity buoys her spirits and helps ease her despondency.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Drama , Romance
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Dina Korzun
as Tanya
Perry Benson
as Immigration Officer
Dave Bean
as Frank
Adrian Scarborough
as Council Official
David Auker
as 2nd Council Official
Bruce Byron
as Police Officer
Jim Trevellyan
as Station Guard
Marcus Redwood
as Cafe Owner
Zoe Sharpe
as Gang Girl
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Critic Reviews for Last Resort

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (24)

One of the few films to get at the ways in which single mothers and their sons alternate being authority figures.

September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Dramatically low-key, Last Resort is beautifully acted, with striking realism.

March 30, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Gives grim and gritty a good name.

Full Review… | March 1, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Moving and eerily beautiful.

Full Review… | March 1, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Pawlikowski ... renders the events of Last Resort so unsentimentally that they unfold with the authenticity of an affecting documentary.

March 1, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Obliquely affecting.

February 23, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Nannina G
Nannina G

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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.

Lisa Shaw
Lisa Shaw

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