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Perestroika (2009)

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Top astrophysicist Sasha Greenberg has spent the past 17 years working in the United States. An invitation to speak at a Congress on Cosmology in his native Moscow brings him home for the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prof. Gross
Oksana Stashenko ...
Mariya Andreeva ...
Elena (as Maria Andreeva)
Andrey Sergeev ...
Valeriy Afanasev ...
Listov (as Valeriy Afanassiev)
Anatoliy Goryachev ...
Kostya Ryumin
Aleksandr Pozharov ...
Stanislav Belyaev ...
Sasha Age 17
Viktor Cherepanov ...
Head of Film Studio
Mikhail Rayvicher ...
Sasha as a Schoolboy
Stepan Lapshin ...
Listov as a Schoolboy
Viktor Udochkin ...
University Dean


Top astrophysicist Sasha Greenberg has spent the past 17 years working in the United States. An invitation to speak at a Congress on Cosmology in his native Moscow brings him home for the first time to confront colleagues, and unanswered personal questions. As Russia undergoes perestroika, public and private lives are radically re-assessed and Sasha sees the social and sexual upheavals as a crisis of civilization, and a reflection of his own obsessive studies into the nature of the Universe itself. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Перестройка  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,532 (USA) (20 March 2009)


$21,684 (USA) (24 April 2009)

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Elena: I grew up under the portrait of a man I never met. He was a hero, they said. A man who wasn't afraid to apply for immigration when his chances were nil. But mostly he was going to conquer the Universe. A genius. The new Einstein. He was supposed to know how to take a risk.
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The Circle of Friends
Music by Aleksandr Zhurvin
Lyrics by Slava Tsukerman
Performed by Aleksandr Zhurvin
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Not overally interesting
12 February 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I picked this up because one the title caught my eye and I noticed Ally Sheedy was in it and I haven't seen her in anything since Kyle-XY.

In a nutshell it's about Sasha Greenberg, Sam Robards, who returns to Russia 17yrs after he left to reconnect with those he knew before he left due to Communism ending back in 1992.

Ally Sheedy plays his now x-wife who originally helped him escape Russia through marriage. There are many flashbacks of Sasha Greenberg of what was going on in his life in 1992 and during a get together with his friends at his birthday party the flashbacks increase and at one point I couldn't tell what was current or the past. This could be because I drifted off to a mild sleep I was so captivated and moved by the film. There are 3 women that play a role in Sasha's life and he's always torn between who he's more interested in. The one he left behind, the one he married/divorced and the one he's dating now.

Overall, there is more I could say, but feel I've spent enough time just watching it. This film didn't pull me in and get me involved in the story. It was more like going to see a play in a small theatre with some novice actor/actresses. Not overally interesting....

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