Putin's Kiss (2012)



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Putin's Kiss portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked. -- (C) Kino Lorber

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Lise Birk Pedersen
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On DVD: Dec 31, 2012
Box Office: $5.1k
Kino Lorber - Official Site

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

This isn't quite the human drama Pedersen might wish, but it's compelling enough, and more important, it gives us a look at conservative Russian politics at their most ruthless and vindictive.

Full Review… | March 7, 2012
Chicago Reader
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What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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"Putin's Kiss'' is more than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
New York Post
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A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
New York Times
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While it comes across as simplistic, it's also achingly wistful about political awakenings being just a matter of talking to and finding empathy for the other side.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
AV Club
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Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment...

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
Village Voice
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