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Putin's Kiss -- Marsha, a spokesperson for a nationalistic Russian youth organization, finds her opinions changed after she meets Oleh, a well-known political blogger. When harm comes to Oleg, Marsha finds her loyalties divided.
Putin's Kiss -- 19-year old Masha is a spokesperson in the government friendly and strongly nationalistic Russian youth organization, Nashi. The movement aims to protect Russia against its 'enemies'. 

Masha’s number one political icon is Vladimir Putin. Nashi has direct ties to Kremlin and Masha has been talking to Putin himself at several occasions. She even kissed him at a youth gathering. 
Nashi’s official agenda is to regain Russia’s status as a superpower nation, but on the inner lines they are Putin’s most important tools to keep the political opposition from spreading their views among the Russians.

In almost no time Masha has progressed to the very top of the increasingly popular organization, becoming the spokesperson of Nashi and the protégé of Russia's Minister of Youth. She belongs to the educated, well-mannered and well-spoken part of Nashi. But according to the opposition, Nashi also has a radical wing that is secretly responsible for threats and violent attacks against anyone who doesn’t agree with Putin. 

Masha starts questioning her role in the Nashi movement for the first time, when she starts socializing with people from the opposition. One of her new friends is the critical journalist Oleg Khasin. Masha’s new acquaintances soon get her into serious trouble with Nashi, who does not tolerate any interaction with the “enemies of Russia”. 

As the situation unfolds dramatically, Masha realizes that she has to make a stand.

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17 February 2012 (USA) See more »
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What happens when your enemies become your friends?
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Directed by
Lise Birk Pedersen 
 
Produced by
Helle Faber .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tobias Hylander 
 
Cinematography by
Lars Skree 
 
Film Editing by
Janus Billeskov Jansen 
Steen Johannessen 
 
Sound Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound designer
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound re-recording mixer
Asser Borgen .... sound effects editor
Jacques Pedersen .... sound editor
 
Editorial Department
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... commissioning editor: DR
 
Music Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Dmitry Saltykovsky .... miscellaneous crew
 

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Really? Russian politics is high school?, 26 February 2013
Author: Sam N from United States

My issues with this film were as follows: - young people acting like idiots (destroying things, beating people up, 'vandalizing' cars, acting out for cameras, joining cult-like groups and leaving them as relationships go hot/cold) is hardly proof of any kind of conspiracy other than young people in Russia are the same as young people everywhere. And that douche-bag men with napoleon complexes will take advantage of them. - the Masha girl whose character arc was the film's arc was completely unbelievable. The tragedy of her is completely common - for a brief time when she was 16-17, she was very attractive. Men treated her well. Because she was a child, she didn't realize that she was being used. (To say she had a position of power in Nashi based on that film is ridiculous, as her power was directly linked to how much the leader wanted her around - that's not real power). As he gets tired of her, she moves on to where she can get that attention from someone else- a group of reporters from the other side (ohhhhh so extreme) (she calls them her friends while they describe her joining their group as great 'social entertainment, to see what will happen'). -She says it herself in her tips of public speaking: 'if you have to give an opinion, believe in it.' (paraphrased) she brainwashes herself to whatever role gets the attention. It's sad for her (although hardly unique). But it also undercuts any believability in this documentary. She's always posing for someone - whether for the leader of Nashi, the danish reporter, the director, or someone else - her 'conversations' are re-enacted and scripted into this role that doesn't seem any more authentic than anything else about her.

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