Directed by Michael S. Ojeda, 2004
Staring Oksana Orlenko and Nickolai Stoilov
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The movie opens in war torn Bosnia in the early 1990s. Lana (Oksana Orlenko) arrives at a field hospital in a war damaged building in a small village seeking her brother Darko Lucev whom she has not seen in nine years. It is quickly apparent that Darko is one of the many gangster opportunists operating freely in the war ravaged land. Darko has some enemies among rival gangs and is getting ready to flee the country. He has $20,000 and an escape route all laid out and asks his sister to join him in his flight to America. With no surviving family except Darko, Lana joins him and travels to America in a freight container on a German ship.
Upon arriving in Chicago, Darko tricks Lana into thinking that she has lost the suitcase containing his twenty-thousand dollars. He then convinces her that their only hope for survival is by her becoming a prostitute. Having previously been raped in Bosnia, Lana had dreamed of her next sexual encounter as being with a man she loved. It soon becomes clear that Darko is set on a life of crime and that Lana is simply a means to help him start his criminal empire. Lana's goals are just the opposite as she wants to lead a "clean life" (as she puts it) and enjoy the freedom and opportunity America offers. She struggles to teach herself English from children's books she has collected from the trash. But Darko cruelly confiscates and destroys them. Despite Darko, Lana does learn English, but he adapts by paring her with another prostitute he has recruited and changing his business from street prostitution to a higher class "European Escort Service". Lana eventually comes to the realization that, even though Darko is her only family, all she can expect from him is a life of degregation and violence. She then plots her escape and revenge.
This is an independent American film with foreign actors in the lead roles. It starts out in Serbian with English sub-titles but gradually changes to English as Lana becomes proficient in it.
The review of this Movie prepared by Chuck Nugent