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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.
"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.
A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.
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.
Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment...
Innocence was lost; so, apparently, was much of the insightful commentary.
It does deliver a forceful message: the fight for the young Russians' hearts and minds is far from over.
Often fascinating and provocative.
What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works.
There are complex machinations at work here - but there's always a sense of the surface being skimmed in favour of telling Drokova's story.
In the end, the viewer sees that life in Russia is a complicated morass of political dogma and tough ethical choices. Not completely unlike the USA.
Offers a sobering portrait of the world's troubled resurgent largest country, in particular of its pliable rising generation that has come up after the fall of Communism.
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