Putin's Kiss
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Putin's Kiss portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked. -- (C) Kino Lorber
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© Kino Lorber

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This isn't quite the human drama Pedersen might wish, but it's compelling enough, and more important, it gives us a look at conservative Russian politics at their most ruthless and vindictive."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Often fascinating and provocative."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Offers a sobering portrait of the world's troubled resurgent largest country, in particular of its pliable rising generation that has come up after the fall of Communism."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Reduces its complex portrait of contemporary Russia and its para-governmental organizations to a simple morality play."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works."
‑ John Powers, NPR
"While it comes across as simplistic, it's also achingly wistful about political awakenings being just a matter of talking to and finding empathy for the other side."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"There are complex machinations at work here - but there's always a sense of the surface being skimmed in favour of telling Drokova's story."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Documentarian Lise Birk Pedersen affords an informative and intriguing look into Russian society via the fresh face of Vladimir Putin's propaganda youth brigade NASHI ("OURS")."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
""Putin's Kiss'' is more than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment..."
‑ Benjamin Mercer, Village Voice
"In the end, the viewer sees that life in Russia is a complicated morass of political dogma and tough ethical choices. Not completely unlike the USA."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"An eye opening expose' not to missed, which reveals a 'New Russia' that looks a lot like the 'Old Russia.'"
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
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