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UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Dina Korzun, Paddy Considine, Artiom Strelnikov, Lindsey Honey, Perry Benson, Katie Drinkwater, Dave Bean, Adrian Scarborough, David Auker, Zoe Sharpe, Daniel Mobey, Marcus Redwood, James Trevelyan, Bruce Byron
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
UK: 76 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains some strong language and sex references
UK Release Date: 16 March 2001
Tanya (Dina Korzum), young and na´ve, leaves Moscow with her street-wise 10 year-old son Artiom (Artyom Strelnikov) to meet her English fiance. But after he fails to turn up at the airport, Tanya claims political asylum and she and her son find themselves virtually imprisoned in a deserted seaside resort where all refugees are forced to live. They have no passports, no money, and no rights.
Facing limited opportunities to escape, the ordeal threatens Tanya's moral beliefs and pushes her character to new levels of vulnerability. The mother and son are soon befriended by a local amusement arcade manager Alfie (Paddy Considine), and his friendship with Tanya develops into something more. He helps her and her son through their ordeal as she decides exactly where her future lies.