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Notes from the New World (2011)

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"Notes From The New World" is a contemporary retelling of Dostoyevsky's novella which unfolds in Los Angeles of 2011 where dreams and harsh realities collide. It is a place where almost ... See full summary »

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Irina - The Call Girl (as Rebecca Sigl)
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Sonia - The Angel
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Steven - The Poor Guy
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Bob - The Rich Guy
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Misha - The Mafia Boss
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Angelina-Lolita (as Rachel Garlington)
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Linda - The struggling actress
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Igor - Mafia Pimp
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Brian - Friend of Steven
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Dan - Friend of Steven
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Boris - The Mafia Spy
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David - Sonia's Guardian Angel
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"Notes From The New World" is a contemporary retelling of Dostoyevsky's novella which unfolds in Los Angeles of 2011 where dreams and harsh realities collide. It is a place where almost everyone spies on everyone else, and everyone seems to be playing a dangerous game. Steven is torn between the loves of two women, each of them pretending to be somebody else. The danger only intensifies when Steven comes face to face with the Russian Mafia. Soon he will discover who he really is. On another level the story suggests an amazing reading of the state of the post modern/post communist world. Are we witnessing certain realization of Dostoyevsky's prophecies - especially as far as the Underground Man's dilemma regarding Love/Terrorism is concerned?.. Written by Vitaly Sumin

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Los Angeles, 2011: A Man Torn Between Two Women, Russian Mafia and Millions of Dollars...


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A clever, modern American adaptation of a European classic book
7 March 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I happened to see Notes From The New World some time ago when I visited Athens, Greece and was invited by a friend (a long time Dostoevsky fan) to make a short journey to a film festival in Corinth … I do recall that I was pleasantly surprised by liking the film so much. It was a clever, modern American adaptation of a European classic book with an intriguing plot where nothing is what it seems like at first. Back home I thought about this movie from time to time… There was some good acting and production design – especially the use of colors (particularly red – in different combinations) but more importantly I felt an enigma in it that I couldn't explain. So I've decided to read Notes From The Underground by Dostoevsky but couldn't manage to finish the book… I stopped in the middle then and returned to it just recently when I got a virus (probably in the gym) and fell sick and spent about a week in bed. Somehow I returned to the reading of "Notes"" and this time was fascinated by the book. Evidently, it was easier to watch this film than to read (for the first time!..) the source (Dostoevsky's book) but after reading the book I thought that I understood the film better – it had the same depth of feelings representing a rich and complex picture of the absurdity and pleasure of our existence and therefore the movie was faithful to the book in this sense. That's how I recalled the nice time I spent in Greece with a friend and I recalled the movie that we both liked… I was curious to know what happened with it so I googled it on my laptop and found this page and decided to leave a note about my feelings. Unfortunately – while using Google again I couldn't locate a DVD of this film. Apparently the movie wasn't released yet. Will wait.


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