Perestroika

2007, Drama, 1h 56m

14 Reviews 50+ Ratings

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A Russian astrophysicist returns to Moscow to give a speech and must deal with the many changes to the country.

Cast & Crew

Dan Cohen
Executive Producer
Robert Field
Executive Producer
Nina V. Kerova
Producer
Aleksandr Zhurbin
Original Music
Mikhail Iskandarov
Cinematographer
Arnie Schlissel
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Michail Rubtsov
Production Design
Mimi Maxmen
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Tatyana Vdovina
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Critic Reviews for Perestroika

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  • Turner cumulatively generates an intense, enveloping psychic climate that we inhabit physically, and which demands to be experienced in the cinema for its full effect to be felt.

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    September 3, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Perestroika races back and forth between the Soviet past and non-Communist present. The result is highly personal, talky, clunky and somehow engrossing.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Perestroika is a curious combination of documentary and fiction, politics and science, sophisticated structure and incompetent drama.

    April 17, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 23, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Perestroika asks, with a philosophical shrug of the shoulders: Why not try to be optimistic?

    March 20, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 18, 2013
    In 1992, Sasha Greenberg(Sam Robards), a cosmologist, returns to Moscow after living 17 years in exile with more than his share of baggage, along with Helen(Ally Sheedy), who depending on the day of the week he may still be married to, and Jill(Jicky Schnee) who is his current squeeze. He is in town to talk at a conference that will also be attended by Professor Henry Gross(F. Murray Abraham), his mentor. "Perestroika" is set at a fascinating junction of time and place, as the Soviet Union is transitioning into a supposedly democratic Russia, while bringing up important issues like anti-semitism in the Soviet Union along with the fate of the Refuseniks. And then promptly the movie falls flat on its face. Part of this is due to its shabby look despite being filmed on location. And the acting is nothing to speak of either with the exception of F. Murray Abraham. What makes this all especially disappointing is that it is directed by Slava Tsukerman who once upon a time directed the exuberantly funky "Liquid Sky."
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