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In this edgy 2004 German-Slovakian feature, parents in a rural Ukrainian village sell their acrobatic son and daughter to a circus owner who promises them international fame and fortune; once they've been smuggled into Berlin, the girl is sold to a vicious pimp and the boy is apprenticed to a gang of teenage street thieves. Writer-director Ivan Fila has all the ingredients for a modern-day Oliver Twist, but his overly broad characters and general lack of nuance make for an oddly unsatisfying experience. In Russian and German with subtitles. 104 min.

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