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My Joy (2010)
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The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power. A man goes to work and on his way he is sucked ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Viktor Nemets ...
Georgy
Vladimir Golovin ...
Old Man
Aleksey Vertkov ...
Young Lieutenant
Dmitriy Gotsdiner ...
Commander
Olga Shuvalova ...
Young prostitute
Maria Varsami ...
Maria
Boris Kamorzin ...
Truck driver
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Major from Moscow
Olga Kogut ...
The Major's Wife
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Konstantin Shelestun ...
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The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power. A man goes to work and on his way he is sucked into the everyday madness of his country, losing his health and memory in the process. A dark parable about the situation in deep Ukraine today. Written by Anonymous

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$2,077 (USA) (30 September 2011)

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Leads nowhere but to propaganda
12 April 2011 | by (Istanbul) – See all my reviews

This film opens with a compelling scene involving a trucker in the countryside. It then follows on with the camera placed in front of the truck picking snapshots of people and their daily struggles along the road. More importantly we see a population subsisting in moral darkness. There is even a scene or two reminiscent of a Haneke wannabe.

Unfortunately the director plunges in this moral darkness he himself has created by revisiting history. When the film comes back to present day it falters and when it does that a second time in the rural home of a teacher it never comes back. The film loses any direction and becomes a collage of arbitrary violence. And most unfortunately this part is way longer then the rest of the movie! The director who apparently aims to lay the blame of current Ukrainian problems into Soviet era does not even stop short of a Nazi praise in the character of a teacher who blatantly hints God loving Nazis could have created a better Ukraine. This is where the film will find its place in history as a showcase of the rise of the extreme right in Europe! This is where free speech cunningly turns into hate speech and the propaganda goes totally out of control.

Mind blowing for sure if that was the intention of the director! This film can be watched as a case study.


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