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Moscow. 1992. Sasha Greenberg, an astrophysicist, returns to the city of his birth after 17 years of exile. Formerly reviled as a traitor, he is now welcomed back as a hero. The period of "Perestroika" (restructuring) has turned everything upside down. In the midst of all this turmoil Sasha is expected to deliver a theory about the coherence of our universe. But, what he's feeling is overwhelming chaos, and the suspicion that man is the bane of a world in peril. With all he knows about the world
Mar 20, 2009 Wide
Oct 27, 2009
REF Productions - Official Site
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Perestroika races back and forth between the Soviet past and non-Communist present. The result is highly personal, talky, clunky and somehow engrossing.
Perestroika is a curious combination of documentary and fiction, politics and science, sophisticated structure and incompetent drama.
The film, which opened March 20 in Los Angeles, is unwieldy, overstuffed and at times hopelessly clunky, yet it's also touchingly funny, visually arresting and somehow a consistent joy to watch.
Perestroika asks, with a philosophical shrug of the shoulders: Why not try to be optimistic?
Has stylish visuals and a provocative, imaginative screenplay, but occasionally drags and feels convoluted with too many irritatingly awkward moments that lack an emotional core.
Too much science-babble obscures the truth of Perestroika. The tragedy of the aftermath would have made a better story unvarnished.
Alternately fascinating and boring, ultimately confusing, yet heartfelt film by a Russian expatriate about returning to the homeland after Gorbachev.
A nuanced and fascinating film about a Russian scientist's journey home to Moscow after living in the United States for 17 years.
Thought-provoking, if not wholly satisfying, "Perestroika" is a deconstructionist filmic stew to be savored without expectation in order to enjoy its laissez-faire reality.
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- Perestroika (2009 I) (DE)
- Perestroika (2009 I) (UK)