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I noticed in a review below, that the film is criticized for it's editing style as well as music...and yet...it was exactly those elements of modern Russian culture (as well as the cultural underground the movie features) as being very engaging and powerful. While my exposure to Russian film has been very limited, I enjoy many Russian and Ukranian trance and experimental musicians' work. This movie fit right in with the almost-psychedelic and always mind-enticing montages of both sight and sound that I've come to expect from leading-edge Russian artistic expressions.
The story itself was beautiful and definitely modern/relevant. I particularly loved the contrast between the two main relationships and how they all eventually fuse into one.
I cannot recommend this movie enough for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking love stories, modern film or gay cinema in general.
Timofei (Evgeny Koryakovsky) is a young, successful ad executive in Moscow, able to afford all of the luxuries of his Western counterparts. He is in a relationship with Vera (Lyubov Tolkalina) who is a popular TV personality. They have a fresh and vital lifestyle, emphasizing the manifestations of capitalism. Simultaneously we meet Uloomji (Damir Badmaev) who comes from the poorer provinces, the son of a strict and struggling worker family. Uloomji strikes out for Moscow to find a job and a life. He 'accidentally' encounters Timofei who feels sorry for the homeless youth and takes him to his apartment for care...and cavorting! The socially naive Uloomji and the sexually naive Timofei collide (the metaphor is readily apparent) and are discovered in embrace when Vera returns home. The remainder of the story is how the two men and one woman grow into a ménage a trois of sorts and how the friends and families of the three respond.
While the story is really one of bisexuality it is played as a drawing room comedy (?TV sitcom Moscow style?) and while the film takes a lot of visual and technical chances - some of which work well, others spoil - the final result is a light entertainment that doesn't really push the edge purported by the trailers and the PR media glut.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This isn't at all a "deluxe edition" -- no cool extras, not even a booklet. But it's exactly what I expected, having rented the VHS a decade ago & loved the movie. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by David N.
I was not expecting too much from this Russian gay comedy, and so was blown away (not in a rude sense mind) by how great it actually is. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Tommy Dooley
Without the constraints of Hollywood, this is what a movie looks like: free, pure, beautiful.Published on February 9, 2008 by ThriftyMcLoose
The movie is very unique- based around a love triangle in Russia. Actually well acted, good story, glad I saw it. Read morePublished on May 19, 2007 by M. Kline
It is indeed surprising that the movie was shot by Russians given the subject. I would not call the movie a masterpiece but it is a cute love story if a little unbelievable. Read morePublished on January 24, 2006 by Andriy Yesypenko
The premise seems far too improbable, but the result is very believable. In post-communist Russia, everyone wants to be someone, but nobody quite knows who that someone is. Read morePublished on October 16, 2005 by Keith E. Welsh