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This is a very fun and quirky Russian children's movie done in the vain of Alice In Wondeland.
Olia, a young girl who is always losing things breaks a jar of jam, at which point a mirror begins to talk to her. She climbs inside, where she meets her reflection Ailo (The backwards spelling of her own name.)
The mirror was crooked however, and they are actually within the most crooked of all crooked mirrors.
They meet a host of characters, ranging from the Tattletales, King Tarrop (Parrot backwards, you get the point, the spellings are backwards.), Leasew the chef and many others.
There dilemma begins when Dneirf is taken to the Tower of Death for breaking a crooked mirror. Olia and Ailo set out to try and save him, meeting this bulk of interesting characters along the way.
The film is very sweet and innocent, a slight bit of Russian propaganda if you can call it that, i think of it more as a little bit of patriotism, is thrown in, but that's pushed far back. This film is more a fairytale than anything else.
I won't lie, the production isn't superb. The fantasy sets are very dated and remind me of many other very cheap 60's films, and it is very childish too. But it is very enjoyable, and that's all that matters.
If you want a little bit of harmless entertainment, or you have some young-ones you'd like to show something too, then maybe this is a good option.
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