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You I Love (2004)

Damir Badmaev , Lyubov Tolkalina , Olga Stolpovskaya , Dmitry Troitsky  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Damir Badmaev, Lyubov Tolkalina, Evgeny Koryakovsky
  • Directors: Olga Stolpovskaya, Dmitry Troitsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Picture This! Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009MAPKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

On their first anniversary, Vera comes home to discover her boyfriend Tim in bed with another man.

Customer Reviews

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet May 19, 2005
The adjectives which come to mind -- sweet, luscious, charming -- describe "You I Love," a fable about an unusual love triangle in ultra-modern Moscow. Handsome Timofei and beautiful Vera are young lovers, both successful professionals. He designs TV commercials ("Lyubov' -- eto Kola!"); she is a popular newscaster. Enter Ulumzhi, a sensual yet appealingly innocent Kalmyk newcomer, who takes a day job as a zookeeper. When Timofei accidently bumps into Ulumzhi (literally, with his car), he takes the injured homeless youth into his apartment. Arriving unexpectedly, Vera is stunned to discover Timofei and Ulumzhi have begun a passionate romance. At first hurt and angry, Vera cannot help befriending the extremely likable Asian boy. In fact, she cannot help her own physical attraction to the agreeable young man. Her dilemma: dump her boyfriend or share him with Ulumzhi? When Ulumzhi's uncle drags him back to his village, hoping to make a "real man" out of his disappointing "goluboi" nephew, Vera thinks she at last has Timofei to herself. But they both miss Ulumzhi more than they can bear. This movie had me laughing out loud in the theater. Particularly funny are the two cabbies' sly references to "you know who," a certain someone high up in the government purported to be secretly gay (hint: think "Goluboe Salo")! I thoroughly enjoyed the great scenes of the newly vibrant Moscow, as well as the sensuous (yet refreshingly "chaste") scenes on the Persian rugs! All three actors are simply, exquisitely, gorgeous! The term "eye-candy" could have been coined for this trio! Overall, a delightful film, in Russian with English subtitles.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cellophane Loincloth April 17, 2006
First time directors Olga Stolpovskyaya and Dmitry Troitsky have come up with this fluffy bit of eye candy. Timofei played by Evgeny Koryakovsky in what appears to be his first role is an advertising professional with a stable job and nurses a bizarre relationship with Vera, a TV show host played by Lyubov Tolkalina. Their somewhat on again-off again relationship is punctuated with unusual foreplay such as Timofei dressing himself in a cellophane loincloth with vegetables strategically disguising his most private anatomy. Damir Badmaev plays the naive urchin Uloomji. Uloomji is of Kalmyk descent, the only Buddhist nation in Europe. He apparently has come to Moscow and looks with wonder at ATM machines while he sleeps at the zoo and helps tend the animals. He literally falls off a fence onto Timofei's car. Unable to get medical attention for the lad, Timofei takes Uloomji to his apartment. There Uloomji playfully seduces Timofei until Vera walks in. The film then progresses with mild shots of the guys shooting each other with water while clothed in the shower and suggestively sudsy foam splattering across their bare chests as they physically delight in each other. The film veers back and forth with the subplot of Uloomji's family coming to intervene and extract him from this decadent lifestyle. We flashback to Uloomji and see his development while fond shots of sheep are edited into the mix. The end suggests that three can live together if their love is not possessive and allows each to pursue that which is closest to their hearts. The Russian flavor makes the story seem fresh, at least worth one night's viewing. Enjoy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Love Story October 19, 2005
I saw this film last summer when it was shown during the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; and instantly fell in love with it.

I noticed in a review below, that the film is criticized for it's editing style as well as music...and 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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
YA LYUBLU TEBYA (You I Love) is a fast paced bonbon of a movie from Russia being hailed in some circles as the 'hottest gay film of the year'. Hot it is not: fun it is. The message from director/writers Olga Stolpovskaja and Dmitry Troitsky seems more a PR statement about how Westernized and modern in social behavior Russia has become since Perestroika than creating a significant gay film. Yet somehow the result is a rapid sequence entertainment that should appeal to a very wide audience.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie
Published 1 month ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie (few extras).
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 more
Published 9 months ago by David N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Ménage a Trois, Comdey Romp with Nose licking, Tea...
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 more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Tommy Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, liberating
Without the constraints of Hollywood, this is what a movie looks like: free, pure, beautiful.
Published on February 9, 2008 by ThriftyMcLoose
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, bold
The movie is very unique- based around a love triangle in Russia. Actually well acted, good story, glad I saw it. Read more
Published on May 19, 2007 by M. Kline
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie
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 more
Published on January 24, 2006 by Andriy Yesypenko
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Movie
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 more
Published on October 16, 2005 by Keith E. Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars GO EAST, YOUNG MEN!!!!!!!!!!!
I saw this film in South Beach the very day it opened, knowing in my heart that it was going to be an extremely sensitive, original and exquisite film (rather, work of art. Read more
Published on July 13, 2005 by Albert Hernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars Bisexual Man's Fantasy
This film deals with a white Russian who has a white girlfriend but falls in love with a gay Asian Russian.

American viewers will be surprised by this view of Russia. Read more
Published on May 12, 2005 by Jeffery Mingo
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