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½ July 23, 2014
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!"
February 28, 2013
This documentary's subtitles were seemingly designed to blend in with the grey brutalist apartment buildings in the background, the music is bad and distracting, and the editing isn't nearly tight enough. It's almost impressive that it could make Russia's slide into fascism boring.
January 12, 2013
Disturbing look into modern Russia through the eyes of Masha, the literal poster child of NASHI, the Russian Youth Movement who begins to question the movement when she see's its internal mechanations
January 6, 2013
Disturbing and yet fascinating
October 23, 2012
Good and thought-provoking.
½ June 4, 2012
A riveting documentary of the neon-lit, postmodern consumersâ(TM) paradise that post-Soviet Russia has become which follows the career of an ambitious young woman as she rises to the top of a pro-Putin youth organization but then becomes disillusioned with the establishment as she sees it taking on more and more of the characteristics of a dictatorship which uses violent thugs to beat up critical voices from the independent media. I would have appreciated more context on modern Russian politics but the personal story of Masha Drokovaâ(TM)s life, as well as the thriller-like story of the severe beating of her fellow journalist Oleg Kashin, was fascinating and well-documented.
½ January 23, 2012
"Putin Kys", som i denne uge er blevet fremvist på Sundance Film festivalen er en spændende dansk dokumentar af Lise Birk Pedersen, som forklarer os lidt om, hvad der egentlig foregår i Rusland på det politiske plan. Filmen viser meget godt hvor skrøbeligt russernes demokrati er og hvor lidt der faktisk skal til før det ender i kaos. Den mangler måske en smule mere personlighed.. der er heller ikke en helt klar fortællerstil, som gør den kommer ud af balance i mange scener og der bliver skøjtet lidt for meget rundt i retorik og snørklende pointer. Men meget indsigtsfuld og bestemt værd at se
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