The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of the frontline during the Russian-Georgian was in August 2008. A film on such a hot ... See full summary »
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The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of the frontline during the Russian-Georgian was in August 2008. A film on such a hot political (and geopolitical) subject first of all establishes emotional contact with the audience by depicting human drama, before coming up with political conclusions. They emerge naturally and powerfully as overwhelming evidence of Russian imperialist plot shows through the Russian media smokescreen as well as mistakes and naivety of the Georgians. The filmmakers return to their St. Petersburg studio loaded with unique footage and evidence which they analyze in the process of film-editing. This process is intertwined in the film's narrative and the viewer gets a sense of partaking in it. In this way the filmmakers are able to come to forceful conclusions without slipping into propaganda and prejudice that charachterize too many films about the August war. Importantly the film puts the recent war in ... Written by official summary

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Misleading and incomplete information
6 April 2011 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The movie contains some unique glimpses in the conflict between Russia and Georgia. The personal approach is very strong, you can easily get into the shoes of the local people. What I really miss is a whole and complete story of a conflict, where not only Georgians and Russians were involved. What about the view of the Abkhazians, or the Osetinians? The information presented is very little and makes it easy for the director to guide the audience in his own point of view. Which in my humble opinion could be misleading. What could be improved: more historical info on the people and ethnic groups who lived in the area, how did the communities settle and grow; info on the links between Georgian and US military forces; the oil and gas pipelines that Russia did not want to see in Georgia. Its best to read additionally on the internet to get a more comprehensive view.


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