Yana's Friends Reviews

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April 4, 2003
[Kaplun's] gentle, clear-eyed affection for his characters smooths out the film's rough edges and reminds viewers that friendship and even joy can be found during the most frightening times.
March 11, 2003
A small surprise at the end made me feel good about the whole movie, turning an amusing but slightly bland story into a winning experience.
January 31, 2003
The performances are solid, and the material is somewhat moving.
January 31, 2003
Yana's Friends works best showing its characters coping with war uncomfortably close to home.
July 24, 2002
A small, rather unfinished gem of a movie, but one that shines rather brightly nonetheless.
July 12, 2002
Yana's Friends isn't a black comedy, strictly speaking. But it somehow manages to find a surprising amount of humor in deadly serious and even potentially tragic situations.
July 12, 2002
Lots of charm and likeable characters add up to a delightful movie.
June 21, 2002
Refreshing.
March 22, 2002
Sweet, sexy, and unexpectedly enchanting, "Yana's Friends" is the little feel-good comedy that could.
December 23, 2001
Amusing with one unforgettable gag, Kaplun's film does a passable job of portraying the hardships endured by immigrants but is more notable for placing a light-hearted tale in a decidedly heavy time and place.
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