Refusing to browbeat us with back story or to inspire pity or judgment, writer-director Florian Flicker allows us simply to shadow Nana (Birgit Doll), an astonishingly calm and resourceful woman who’s desperate to get to the U.S. from somewhere in the former Soviet Union. Stopped at the Vienna airport for using a fake passport, she eludes the authorities and makes her way to the German border. Voice-over readings of postcards to a hypothetical American uncle reverberate enigmatically throughout this 1998 drama, as Nana invites us to share a tempered intimacy—we don’t know her whole story, but, like the few strangers she allows to help her, we know as much as we need to.