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Russian Lessons (2010)

The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of the frontline during the Russian-Georgian was in August 2008. A film on such a hot ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Vissarion Apliaa Vissarion Apliaa ... Himself
Valery Gergiev Valery Gergiev ... Himself
Olga Konskaya Olga Konskaya ... Herself
Marat Kulakhmetov Marat Kulakhmetov ... Himself
Mamuka Kurashvili Mamuka Kurashvili ... Himself (as Gen. Mamuka Khurashvili)
Dmitry Medvedev ... Himself
Angela Merkel ... Herself
Andrey Nekrasov ... Himself
Vladimir Putin ... Himself
Mikhail Saakashvili ... Himself
Eduard Shevardnadze Eduard Shevardnadze ... Himself
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The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of the frontline during the Russian-Georgian was in August 2008. A film on such a hot political (and geopolitical) subject first of all establishes emotional contact with the audience by depicting human drama, before coming up with political conclusions. They emerge naturally and powerfully as overwhelming evidence of Russian imperialist plot shows through the Russian media smokescreen as well as mistakes and naivety of the Georgians. The filmmakers return to their St. Petersburg studio loaded with unique footage and evidence which they analyze in the process of film-editing. This process is intertwined in the film's narrative and the viewer gets a sense of partaking in it. In this way the filmmakers are able to come to forceful conclusions without slipping into propaganda and prejudice that charachterize too many films about the August war. Importantly the film puts the recent war in ... Written by official summary

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Norway | Russia | Georgia

Language:

Russian | Georgian

Release Date:

26 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uroki russkogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia See more »

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this documentary was disturbing for the right reasons
1 February 2010 | by philosophysteveSee all my reviews

My review after seeing this film at Sundance 2010: This film was truly profound. It represents a kind of investigative journalism I've never before witnessed. It was moving, disturbing, eye- opening, compelling, gripping... the list of descriptive desirables appropriate for this film goes on. It is a long film, but it does a monumental kind of work. It's an anti-propaganda propaganda film that is worth everyone's time. I can't say enough about this documentary - it's very easily the best of the eight sundance films i've seen this year. In terms of its effects on me personally, it is on par with Schindler's List. There are very few movies out there that I can say either (1) changed the way I will watch every movie for the rest of my life, and (2) changed the way that I see the world. Russian Lessons has done both in one go.


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