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Miss Gulag (2007)

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Through the prism of a beauty pageant staged by female inmates of a Siberian prison camp emerges a complex narrative of the lives of the first generation of women to come of age in ... See full summary »

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Through the prism of a beauty pageant staged by female inmates of a Siberian prison camp emerges a complex narrative of the lives of the first generation of women to come of age in Post-Soviet Russia. Miss GULAG explores the individual destinies of three women: Yulia, Tatiana, and Natasha, all bound together by long prison sentences and circumstances that have made them the vigilantes of their own destinies. For these women, undoubtedly, life is harsh under the constant surveillance of UF-91/9, but it is no less so on the outside. Today they, their families, and loved ones are sustained by hope for a better life upon release. This is a story of survival told from both sides of the fence. Written by Anonymous

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The film is about life and times of female inmates in modern Russia
25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am generally not a fan of foreign language films with subtitles, but this film proved to be very captivating, with an engaging, powerful story and an affirming ending. The strength of the story lied in the fact that the characters knew how to make the best out of most grim circumstances and still persevere.

I loved the Beauty Pageant subplot of the film. It was a great way to release pressure and anxiety of the narrative and let the characters enjoy themselves, regroup in their womanhood, take the edge off while dressing up in beautiful clothes. Some of them have been in prison for so many years, they lost touch with their feminine side, and participation in a beauty pageant touched them right in the heart, reminding of what it's like to be a woman again, and seeing the benefit of living life in the right way, without crime.

This movie brings out the importance of how precious every minute of freedom in life is. I think it was well written and tastefully done. It held my attention till the very end. Congratulation to the film crew on the making of a very interesting film.


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