Slovakia. Dir. Rasťo Boroš. 2015, 79 mins. With Peter Kočan, Ivana Kanalošová, Marcel Bobák. In Slovak, Italian, French, English with English subtitles. This tragicomic road movie handles a sensational subject—human trafficking—with refreshing naturalism. Stanko (played by Peter Kočan, the only professional actor in the cast) is a down-and-out deadbeat living on a farm in Italy. In desperate need of money, he accepts the job of smuggling a young woman from Slovakia to Italy, where, unbeknownst to her, she will be forced to work in a brothel. Over the course of the journey, these two outsiders strike up a friendship, leaving Stanko with a stark moral choice: carry out his assignment, or rescue the girl from a life of prostitution. Driven by the surprising rapport between its two non-actor leads, Stanko
is an engaging, human portrait of life on Europe’s margins.
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