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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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Scary but very well made, 13 January 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

To fully appreciate this documentary, you need to have some idea of the political situation in Russia today. Although technically a democratically elected government and wildly popular with the people, it is essentially a dictatorship. That's because police routinely arrest opposition party candidates (only to release them AFTER the election is over) and journalists are murdered--and so, it's actually a one-party system.

This film is about one element that works hard to enforce the will of Putin and his friends. The NASHI is a youth organization that is fiercely nationalistic, pro-government and against 'enemies of the state'--though these enemies are either vague or people who simply are the opposition party. And, many elements within the NASHI then take it on themselves to attack these folks--after all, they've been repeatedly been told they are the nation's enemies! Sounds familiar? Of course, its parallels to the Hitler Youth are obvious.

Instead of just doing an exposé on NASHI, this film does something very creative. It follows a high officer within NASHI--one of their rising stars. And, through the course of the film you see her gradually begin to question this need to create enemies within Russia. And, she sees friends beaten just for offering civil dissent.

This film is very well-constructed, insightful and will most likely cause a strong reaction within the viewer--all hallmarks of an excellent film. Very thought-provoking--never dull. The bottom line is even if you like Putin, you can't possibly see the system as democratic when the government creates a self-serving youth group and encourages them to 'action' (whatever that means).

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