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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?
On the evidence of his new movie, Slava Tsukerman, who made the 1982 cult movie Liquid Sky, would make a brilliantly entertaining dinner guest.
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.
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.
The Russians have a word for it: Nyet.
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.
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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