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

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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.

Mar 7, 2012 | Full Review…

"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.

Feb 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.

Feb 16, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

Feb 16, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment...

Feb 14, 2012 | Full Review…

Innocence was lost; so, apparently, was much of the insightful commentary.

Feb 14, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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