Drama | Russian with English subtitles | 75 minutes
Tanya, a Russian divorcée, and her 10-year-old son Artyom, arrive in London from Moscow where Tanya expects to meet her fiancé. To Tanya’s dismay, her fiancé never shows up. Desperate, with no prospects for employment, Tanya applies for political asylum. She is told that the process to approve asylum will take 12 to 16 months. To wait out the process, Tanya and her son are taken to a holding area in a rundown seaside resort. Friendless and broke, Tanya takes a job as a model for a porn filmmaker. She and Artyom find some joy in meeting Alfie, a good-natured arcade manager, but it’s not enough. Tanya decides to return to Moscow. But, she is told, to rescind the asylum process will take three to six months. Tanya feels hope slipping but she still holds on to her humanity.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
- Metacritic Score: 80
- BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Film
- Edinburgh International Film Festival: Winner, Best Foreign Film
- London Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Pawlikowski)
- Thessaloniki Film Festival: Winner, Best Actress (Dina Korzun); Best Actor (Paddy Considine)
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