Import/Export Reviews

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October 9, 2017
... fierce humanism in the face of a world shaped by market logic and humiliation.
February 5, 2010
Import Export adds the welcome element of humanity to stand between the cruelty and humor.
January 18, 2010
Eastern work ethic vs. the softer West. It is clear who Seidl sides with.
August 6, 2009
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.
August 4, 2009
Occasionally drags, but offers a relentlessly stark glimpse into the morbid, tragic life of two lost souls who haven't found happiness or prosperity.
July 31, 2009
The mood is as dismal as the weather in Import/Export, by Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl.
July 31, 2009
Ulrich Seidl's Import Export is an unflinching, at times almost unbearably hard yet moral look at human exploitation.
July 30, 2009
blunt and brutal
July 30, 2009
Import Export demands we contemplate the horror and the beauty of existence in equal measure.
July 28, 2009
The titular backslash of Import/Export turns out to be a vast geographical schism, crossed only intermittently by thin strands of mutual emotional anguish.
July 21, 2009
Seidl's film arguably offers the toughest (and toughest to stomach) portrait of individuals tempest-tossed by the currents of the new global economy.
October 3, 2008
Sometimes a bit hard to stomach, but has such vividly realistic characters and situations that it can't be ignored.
October 3, 2008
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.
October 3, 2008
Bafflingly, this film leaves you not knowing whether to kill yourself, cry, walk out or laugh.
October 3, 2008
At times it feels like a continuation of Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-ever in its catalogue of injustices and humiliations, yet, against the odds, it rewards your endurance.
October 3, 2008
Yet his unerring eye for the absurdity of human behaviour and the rituals we invent for ourselves makes this a blackly humorous treat.
October 3, 2008
Veracity and mordant humour are all well and good, but Seidl treads a very fine line between making jokes about being sick and making sick jokes.
October 3, 2008
Import Export is a work of the utmost political importance. It is also, in its rigour and fearlessness, its sorrow and pitilessness, an outstanding artistic achievement.
October 3, 2008
There is one thing that is beyond doubt: this extraordinary film makes everything else around look comfy and pedestrian.
October 3, 2008
Seidl has a distinctive and disturbing vision, but he is not inclined to explore the humanity of his characters, just their status as victim or abuser.
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