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Dear Comrades takes a sharp, commanding look at a dark chapter in Soviet history made even more effective by its director's cold fury. Read critic reviews

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When the communist government raises food prices in 1962, the rebellious workers from the small industrial town of Novocherkassk go on strike. The massacre which then ensues is seen through the eyes of a devout party activist. Dear Comrades received critical praise out of the Venice Film Festival, with Variety calling it "scintillating" and "meticulous and majestic, epic in scope and tattoo-needle intimate in effect," and The Playlist describing it as "a fascinating blend of dark satire and bleak archaeology."

Cast & Crew

Vladislav Komarov
Loginov
Sergei Erlish
Lyuda's father
Alexander Maskelyne
Professor Ovodov
Elena Kiseleva
Screenwriter
Olesya Gidrat
Executive Producer
Andrey Naydenov
Cinematographer
Karolina Maciejewska
Film Editor
Irina Ochina
Production Design
Yekaterina Kharnas
Set Decoration
Dmitriy Andreev
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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (2)

  • [T]hese crisp, high-contrast images speak to another impulse as well: to look into a past shrouded in the fog of delusion and doublespeak, and to see through it with a clarity that burns and even heals.

    February 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It's Konchalovsky regular Vysotskaya who stays with you, as a complex heroine whose utopian Soviet dream is gradually unravelling. It's a remarkable performance at the center of a devastating film.

    February 9, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The script is filled with flat, rhetorical speeches that are done no favors by Konchalovsky's static direction.

    February 6, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Setting political movies in the past is an easy, usually safe way to signal virtue. But with its eerie resonances of 2021 reports from Moscow to Washington D.C., this monochrome aesthetic object looks like something that draws real blood.

    February 2, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "Dear Comrades!" may not make perfect sense of the past, but it goes a long way in allowing people to look at it with a clarity that manages to be exacting and compassionate at the same time.

    January 28, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Throughout, Konchalovsky juxtaposes wide-ranging events with seemingly insignificant details to dramatic effect.

    January 17, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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