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Last Resort

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Last Resort

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season

We gave it a B+

As the world turns and buckles and shifts, it creates barely visible global fault lines — new places where people may slip between the cracks of life. The moving and eerily beautiful Last Resort unfolds in one of these no man’s land crevices.

It’s set in a former seaside resort, somewhere in England, that has been turned into a vast crumbling holding station for refugees. The place is called Stonehaven (how’s that for an oxymoron?), and it has glum apartments, concrete walkways, and one depressingly literal bright spot — a noisy, if mostly empty, arcade. Imagine a bombed out Coney Island at twilight, and you’ll have some idea of the ironic shimmer of ”Last Resort.”

Into this desolation row arrives Tanya (Dina Korzun), a young single mother from Moscow who has journeyed to England to rendezvous with her British fiancĂ©. When he never shows up at the airport, she is sent to Stonehaven along with her 9 year old son (Artiom Strelnikov), and they are ordered to wait there… for six to nine months. ”Last Resort,” as written and directed by Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski in a style that suggests a more lyrical Ken Loach, is a genuine snapshot of what’s going on in the U.K. right now. Tanya, with her broken English, is wooed by the arcade manager, a handsome drifter (Paddy Considine) who is drawn to her softness, and what happens between them is enough to suffuse this fragile and melancholy anecdote with something like hope.