Little Odessa stars Tim Roth as Joshua Shapira, a hit man for the organizatsya, the Russian mafia. Although still in his twenties, Joshua is a hardened criminal who is estranged from his family and banished from the streets of Little Odessa. Forced to go back to Brighton Beach for a hit, he is inexorably drawn back into his old world. Edward Furlong plays Joshua's little brother, a kid who is con-man enough to skip school for weeks without his parents finding out and who obviously loves -- even worships -- his enigmatic older brother. Moira Kelly stars as the young woman in the neighborhood who is drawn to Joshua, even though she knows how he makes his living. Maximilian Schell and Vanessa Redgrave are Joshua's aging parents, whose grip on the past will keep them from understanding the loyalty and violence that permeates their children's lives. Natasha Andreichenko, Russia's leading film actress, plays Schell's mistress, Natasha.
A coolly atmospheric tragedy in which gratuitous violence is avoided in favor of richly observed characters, Little Odessa is stunningly photographed by Tom Richmond. Shot entirely on location in Brooklyn and Manhattan during last winter's monumental snowstorms, Mother Nature helped the Little Odessa team create one of the most serenely haunting urban landscapes in recent screen memory.
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.33 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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