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Blue Moon

This amiable Austrian road film (2002), about a German courier who double-crosses his crooked boss, offers an interesting look at several post-communist locales—notably Bratislava, the most cosmopolitan city in Slovakia, and the Ukrainian port city of Odessa. The first half is pretty interesting, as the laconic courier (Josef Hader in a nicely understated performance) encounters such fringe characters as an enigmatic Russian hooker (Viktoria Malektorovych) and a garrulous small-time crook (Detlev Buck) in a hotel bar. But the story stalls after Hader goes on the lam, arrives in Odessa, and gets involved with the hooker's twin sister (Malektorovych again), as first-time director Andrea Maria Dusl focuses on the symbolic encounter between East and West. In German and Russian with subtitles. 91 min.

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