The plot revolves around four old friends-Kamil' (Kamil' Larin), Lesha (Leonid Barats), Sasha (Aleksandr Demidov) and Slava (Rostislav Khait)-all well-to-do professionals in their late 30s ...
See full summary »
Four friends are forced to stay put in a radio station on New Year's Eve after one of them gets into trouble. They use the opportunity to remember memories from the past, talk about women, ... See full summary »
Two screenplay writers find themselves in a strange place with no way out after a party they vaguely remember. They soon find they are surrounded by other strange characters and together try to figure out what happened the night before.
A very typical post-Soviet era storyline. Three young men lured an innocent teenage girl to their apartment, offered her a drink, intimidated then gang raped her. Local cops are incapable ... See full summary »
A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include... See full summary »
Adequacy is relative. Vitalik, the main character of the movie, seems to be pretty normal. With a respectable office job, a comfy little dwelling and a personal couch doctor, Vitalik looks ... See full summary »
My iz budushchego, or We Are from the Future, is a movie about time travel. Four 21st century treasure seekers are transported back into the middle of a WWII battle in Russia. The movie's ... See full summary »
The film is based on the second book from the Adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin series of novels written by the Russian author Boris Akunin. The film takes place in 1877 during the ... See full summary »
The plot revolves around four old friends-Kamil' (Kamil' Larin), Lesha (Leonid Barats), Sasha (Aleksandr Demidov) and Slava (Rostislav Khait)-all well-to-do professionals in their late 30s embarking on a two-day road trip from Moscow to Odessa (the Olympus of humor in Russian and Ukrainian cultures). They wish to escape the metropolis and the everyday routine of work, family and girlfriends to relax in a nightclub run by Slava's friend and to see the concert of a popular band B-2. Written by
This film indeed is a little gem of men's views on the world around them. But, as a Russian-speaking person born and living in Russia, i can't help thinking that What Men Talk About can hardly be as fulfilling for a foreigner as it is for people from ex-USSR. Yes, the general concept of the humor used here could be translated into other languages, but the cultural aspects of the interactions between people, the tiny insightful things put here and there all along the film - they are too rooted in the Soviet and post-Soviet culture to be adequately interpreted by those who haven't at least lived here for a while.
It's exactly the same as with any other film or TV show from any other country that's deeply connected with its culture or collective subconscious. For example, one needs to be an American or be in a tight connection with the American culture to enjoy The Daily Show or The Family Guy to the fullest. Yeah, that would still be fun if translated to another language, but without the deeper understanding of the cultural references you'll be like a guest on an inside joke party. Which means you would still probably enjoy it, just not as much as the rest of the guys.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?