You I Love—And You…And
by The Maven
and The Blonde
Russian film You I Love is directed by Olga Stolpovskaya
and Dmitry Troitsky. (Try saying those two names four
times in a row quickly!). Stolpovskaya is an independent
filmmaker and television producer with numerous awards.
Troitsky, also a filmmaker, is the creator of the
controversial reality show, “The Hunger,” filmed in
Berlin. Both directors were influenced by the Russian
Parallel Cinema (the Russian alternative and
experimental film school). You I Love is a comedic love
story involving Vera, portrayed by Lubov Tolkalina, who
is a beautiful Moscow anchorwoman. Tim, played by Evgeny
Koryakovsky, is a handsome, successful, advertising
executive. Both Vera and Tim are living fast-paced,
stressful lives in ultra modern Moscow. Their
relationship is turned upside down when Tim's car
accidentally hits Uloomji, portrayed by Damir Badmaev, a
young Kalmyk day worker. (The Kalmyks are a semi-nomadic
people of Mongolian decent). The two men are instantly
drawn to each other. Vera struggles to understand her
boyfriend's suddenly erratic behavior and is dragged
into a bizarre love triangle. Uloomji's family is
shocked when they learn about his lifestyle choice and
try to force him into medical treatment to “cure” him.
You I Love is filmed in Russian with
English subtitles. It took First Place at the 2004
Berlin Film Festival and won the “Best Foreign
Narrative” award at the 2004 New York City Gay and
Lesbian Film Festival. This is not a movie for everyone,
but if this synopsis intrigues you, go see You I Love
and find out what all the fuss is about.
Blonde: Ya know, foreign films aren't just called
foreign because they are done outside of America. I
believe they are called foreign because they are made,
filmed, directed, written, and paced in a foreign way
than what we are used to here in America. You I Love was
like Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice without the Alice. I must
admit I had some difficulty getting into this film. YES,
the subtitles did have something to do with it, in the
beginning. However, there was the waiting and waiting
the writer made us go through to let us in on where this
film was going. The good news is, if you care to and
wait long enough, you will catch on. Whether or not it
will be worth your while catching on is another thing
all together. This is not a mainstream film, folks, so
if promiscuous sex, bisexuality, gay themes, nudity,
controversial, odd, strange and artsy films are not your
bag, then take a pass on this one. Otherwise, this film
will walk you through a journey of quite interesting
Maven: As foreign films go, this was quite enjoyable. I
always find the rhythm of non-American movies off a
little. Once you get used to it, though, you forget and
get into the movie.
Blonde: No! You get used to it, but you don't forget.
Maven: You I Love gives you a glimpse of the sexual
attitudes in modern Russian society. It’s interesting to
find they are not so different from our own, so to
Blonde: I think you are right when it comes to
Mongolians, but I believe that Russians are more
sexually liberal than Americans. Speaking of
Maven: No… “SPEAKING OF LIBERAL,” we aren't! The movie
wasn't political and we won't be either. Hey Blonde, are
you feeling any better since we spent time with
Blonde: Not at all! And THANK YOU SOOOO much for
reminding me …….AS IF I am not depressed enough!
Speaking of gorgeous people, have you seen how beautiful
Brooke Shields’ baby is? Look for her to be a major
movie star in the future.
Maven: How do you segue from depression to a baby? You
Blonde: Hey Mav, speaking of segues, do you think
Michael Jackson is going to “Moon Walk” his way out of
Maven: I don't know, but, either way, he is going to
have to do some real inventive moves. More important to
me, I am upset with who got voted off “American Idol.” I
Blonde: Really, is she that good of a singer?
Maven: Um, I don't know, but HE certainly is! Paula was
crying and Simon was actually surprised.
Blonde: I don't want to upset anyone but, I DON'T REALLY
Maven: Blonde, do you care about that amazing real life
“run away bride” (Jennifer Wilbanks) in the news this
Blonde: Indeed, and she taught us a lesson we can all
learn BEFORE saying “I Do.” RUN, Jennifer, RUN! SEE
Maven: Listen Blonde, if you decide to copy her and “run
away” at YOUR next wedding, just call me to let me know
that you're okay!
Blonde: Have no fear. There will be NO more
weddings for The Blonde! I have enough wedding gowns to
start my own bridal shop! I, alone, could write for
Maven: Glad you said it! Now back to the film… I
suppose I should have been shocked by the subject
matter, but I was NOT! It's presented in such a way that
I was not offended in THE LEAST. I was also pleased to
see a Russian film about working people and class
struggles that was not political. These are Russian
people who love their country and are just trying to
find their place in it. For a foreign film, I rate this
film an A for an absolutely delightful
Blonde: ARE YOU SERIOUS? YOU RATE THIS FILM AN “A”? Did
you recently up your Zoloft dosage? WHATEVER!
Moviegoers, this story was an old tale, told in a modern
way. It was hard to follow because of the interesting
camera work and choppy editing. In spite of all that, it
does make sense in the end. The moral is quite
interesting. Love HAPPENS TO US. We can fight it, deny
it, try to change our feelings, try to love who others
expect us to love…but in the end, LOVE PICKS US! Maven,
okay, even though you rate it an A for Russian, back
here in the USA I rate You I Love a C+. For your movie
snacks, I suggest some Snickers candy because this movie
will give you a lot of them!
P.S.: A very unique film out of Israel, if you're
interested, is Walk on Water.
AGAIN: Look for our review next week on the wonderful
film Finding Home. We will fill you in on our
delightful, very interesting, one-on-one interview with
the film’s director (and writer) Lawrence D. Foldes and
his wife (the film’s producer) Victoria Paige Meyerink.
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!
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