You I Love

Rated NR 2005

In co-directors Olga Stolpovskaya and Dmitry Troitsky's attempted comedy of manners, three young Muscovites -- a vaguely bewildered ad exec (Evgeny Koryakovsky), a ditzy TV anchorwoman (Lubov Tolkalina), and a Kalmyk bumpkin who wants to be a circus acrobat (Damir Badmaev) -- constitute a supposedly humorous menage in which they're all trying to define themselves amid the newfound freedoms and stresses of post-Soviet life. Interesting idea, but the film has a dour resolve that undermines its effort to be both socially relevant and lightly satirical. The film has attracted attention at gay and lesbian film festivals in the U.S. (the acrobat seduces the sexually ambivalent ad man), but it may not have the strength to cross over to more general audiences. Meanwhile, there are likely better films to come about the economic, sexual, and political ferment in Putin-era Russia.

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