Putin's Kiss (2012)
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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.
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.
"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.
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As long as Vladimir Putin remains a figurehead of one of the major political parties in modern day Russia, he will forever remain a relevant topic no matter his current standing or position of power within Russia itself. Putin rose to power under Boris Yeltsin and first became president in 2000. He won his re-election bid and became Prime Minister after his second term as the country had laws prohibiting a three-term presidency ... although not for long as Putin's successor Dmitry Medvedev dissolved term limits making it possible for a third run AND third win by President Putin. Russia has been in his grip this entire time and he is loved and respected by the masses who believe he single-handedly made Russia a super-power once again. Thanks should go to capitalism and globalization but as Putin craves the adoration he'll keep all of the praise for himself. Putin's Kiss documents his narcissistic, grandiose beliefs alongside the rise to power of a Russian Youth Movement that Putin championed called Nashi which horrifically brings to mind another nationalistic youth movement of the early 1900's that rooted out and silenced political opposition helping unify and consolidate a people long-believed they had been short-changed by a rapidly changing world population. After a leftie journalist is beaten and left for dead, the documentary's main subject -- Putin fan-girl, Masha Drokova, who also happens to be a friend of this beaten reporter -- finds herself questioning what is really happening in her homeland for the first time in her life and she doesn't like what she finds. Putin's Kiss has an interesting subject and I wish it had dived a bit deeper into some of the murky waters. Once the doc is locked-in on Putin and he is in the film's crosshairs ready to be taken down ... the film seems to forget what its entire purpose had been: and "Praise Putin!"
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