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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.


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.

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

Moving and eerily beautiful.

March 1, 2001 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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


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.

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