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Russian Lessons (2010)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Vissarion Apliaa ...
Valery Gergiev ...
Olga Konskaya ...
Marat Kulakhmetov ...
Mamuka Kurashvili ...
Himself (as Gen. Mamuka Khurashvili)
Dmitry Medvedev ...
Angela Merkel ...
Vladimir Putin ...
Mikhail Saakashvili ...
Eduard Shevardnadze ...


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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9 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film does a great job of showing the Russian/Georgian conflict and the devastating toll this took on the people of Georgia. Unfortunately it was an intellectual journey for me rather than an emotional one. The fact that one of the parties to the conflict lied was not news. The fact that it was the invading party that lied wasn't news. This has been the pattern throughout the history of humankind.

I was waiting for the call to arms. The reason why this conflict, these people, this story should be important to me. I think the issue is that the only protagonist are the filmmakers themselves while everyone else in the film comes and goes with little chance for the audience to establish a lasting emotional connection.

The film also goes from saying that the Russians lied to the rest of the world lied. The BBC lied when they rebroadcast the Russian point of view. I found this extension of blame tenuous and without a call to arms it left me with the feeling that I was the next to be blamed.

This is a well made documentary about an important subject and worthy of anyone's time but unlike my fellow reviewer I do not see this as a great documentary.

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