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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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OK but i'm not sure why we're watching the story of this young woman See more (7 total) »

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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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OK but i'm not sure why we're watching the story of this young woman, 1 March 2012
Author: Matthew Stechel (mateob25@aol.com) from United States

As someone who has very little idea what the political system in Russia has been like post Communism, all i can do is remember half formed memories about Gorbechev (remember the naked gun 2 and a half?) and half read articles about Putin from the last couple of years of hastily scanned newspaper coverage, i'm definitely not the ideal guy to say if this movie was great at depicting politically motivated Russian youth. However as a movie with a story that has a beginning, middle, and an end it works OK more or less. Story follows this teenage girl through the ranks of the Nashi youth political movement (again no idea how accurate this comparison is--but it kind of strikes me as a Russian equivalent to the "young republicans" clubs that exist on college campuses and try to be all politically active here in the states--only with severe post communist fears and paranoia about "the other"--you know the whole "if you're not with me then you're my enemy" mentality and of course waay more dangerous thanks to its government sponsoring.) As a movie--the hour and a half runnning time goes by all right enough--but i'd say roughly around the halfway point my interest started to lag just a bit--once the twenty year old version of the former teenage girl starts intersecting and fully investing herself in the plight of the reporter who we've been seeing talking in interviews about her already--the movie kind of tails off in a predictable direction--which isn't a bad thing except there's still roughly a half hour or so left of movie to get through. The subject matter was interesting enough (and informative enough--its certainly something i as the cluess American know very little about, so the doc does an excellent job of giving a informal primer on the background of rhe world of its leading lady and where she comes from.)However, the end of the movie still left me wondering why this particular person was worth knowing about...or why her story was worth a documentary of its very own. At the end of the movie, the young woman certainly seems wiser about whom she'll blindly follow around politically and whom she sees as "an enemy" but most teens aren't that wise--which makes me wonder if she's supposed to be a moral lesson for other Russian youths? I suppose she is which is nice but what was I--Joe America supposed to take away from all of this? Don't be a political pawn?

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