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The Ballad of Bering Strait

The Ballad of Bering Strait (2002)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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Directed by Nina Gilden Seavey, The Ballad of Bering Strait is a documentary about a group of Russian teenagers who move to Nashville to make it big as country stars. The band Bering Strait started in Obninsk, Russia, after a music teacher had introduced his students to bluegrass. In 1992, the lead guitarist, Ilya Toshinsky, visited the Tennessee Banjo Institute, and a year later the band moved to Oak Ridge, TN, on an exchange program. In 1999, they signed with Arista records and began recording

May 20, 2003

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It isn't wildly imaginative, but its subjects are novel enough in their own right.

February 28, 2003
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The documentary never gets more than skin deep.

February 28, 2003
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It's a coming-out party of a project that is never less than engaging.

February 24, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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While the film frequently concentrates on the wrong story, the humanity of the musicians comes through in their own words and actions.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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What makes the story worthwhile is the candor and personality of the band members.

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This competently made picture seems a rehash, and not a terribly interesting one.

February 19, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There's an infectious hope that permeates Ballad's short breath.

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
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As one listener who calls in after a radio test play hilariously puts it, 'They sound like Yankees.' Of course, looked at another way, could the end of the Cold War have resulted in anything more cross-culturally beguiling?

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
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The sight of earnest young Russians fiddling and banjo-picking as though to the holler born is so wondrously strange it's hard not to smile.

February 19, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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