Director: ULRICH SEIDL
One film about two fates. One is agout Olga, a tender-hearted young nurse fleeing poverty from the Ukraine. The other one is about Paul, a young hooligan from the Viennese suburbs. Both are unemployed, both are living on the edge of society. She believes that she will find her luck in the West. Whereas he goes from Austria to Ukraine to install video gambling machines and hopefully, pursue love, happiness and “the meaning of life.”
They never meet up but in the process Seidl (Austria’s consistently accomplished documentarist with Models, Jesus You Know), in his second fi ction feature is back to his taboo-breaking, scandalizing scenes. His trenchant take on 21st century Europe, with bleak but bracing vignettes, hits an intense nerve again as they pull you in. Filmed on location in employment offices, internet sex dens and real geriatric hospitals. U.S. cinematographer Ed Lachman behind the lens.
(In German, Russian, Slovak with English subtitles)
AUSTRIA • 2007 • 135 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: ULRICH SEIDL