Last Resort is about Tanya, a young
Russian woman, who travels to England with her son. On arrival, she is abandoned by her boyfriend, forced into political asylum, and shipped off to a
grim, seaside town where she must wait for her application to be processed, which can take up to 18 months. In a way it's a film about survival, as Tanya
must quickly attempt
to adapt and survive in a foreign country where she has little to no cultural knowledge. She's a very sympathetic character, whose a very emotional
being--often blaming her relationship failures on her will and desire to feel loved. The setting is really perfect for capturing this trapped feeling, as the town feels more like a prison than a small seaside town. It's a film that examines how love is about sacrifice and selflessness just as much as anything else. The relationship which forms between Tanya and Paddy Considine's character is handled delicately as Tanya's character is much more resilient due to her past, while not knowing what the future holds for her and her son. This is a quietly effective film that touches on the tough decisions which must be
made in life and it's realistic and heartfelt.
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