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Orange Winter (2007)

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Recalling the accusations of malfeasance that plagued the late 2000 U.S. presidential election - only with a heightened intensity quotient - the 2004 presidential elections in Ukraine buckled beneath the weight of roundly-suspected fraud. In that political bout, two candidates - Victor Yanukovich, heir to the unpopular outgoing prime minister, and Victor Yushchenko, a far more popular figure generally perceived as pro-western and pro-European Union - went head-to-head with one another. Yanukovich's official victory raised the ire of millions of Ukranians, who recalled the reported foul play of Yanukovich's predecessor, Leonid Kuchma, including corruption and possible involvement in the murder of a journalist he branded as unfavorable. Many inevitably perceived a link between those alleged crimes and Yanukovich's election, arguing that Kuchma deliberately set up Yanukovich's victory to guarantee political immunity for himself. With his documentary Orange Winter, Ukrainian filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky travels to Kiev for a firsthand look at the events that followed, including the most aggressive and widespread protests in the country's history, and speculates on the state of Kiev's future in light of Yanukovich's appointment to the said post.

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Critic Reviews for Orange Winter

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Orange Winter is more than a mere history lesson. [This] movie characterizes a body politic as a living thing,and charts its internal changes as if it were the protagonist in a drama.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

A workmanlike piece of efficient reportage.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
Variety
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Andrei Zagdansky's tedious time capsule of the event makes peculiar assumptions about audience familiarity with Ukrainian politics beyond what trickled into the headlines, blowing past potentially fascinating story threads for 72 minutes of pure B-roll.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Village Voice
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The deliberate narration feels at stylistic odds with the socially visceral imagery, but this artistic juxtaposition lends its portrayed events an appropriately mythic tinge.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Slant Magazine

[Doc's] failure to systematically lay clear, linear historical groundwork for the events of late 2004 and 2005 is obviously deliberate, but without it the film is unenlightening to anyone not already conversant with the history of modern Ukraine.

Full Review… | May 25, 2007

Gives us little more than vacation footage coupled with an eighth-grade history report.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
Film Journal International

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