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  • Summary: My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. (Red Square Productions) Collapse
  • Director: Robin Hessman
  • Genre(s): Biography, History, Family, Documentary, News
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 88 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Apr 29, 2011
    100
    It not only evocatively captures the Russian spirit and the yearnings of a generation, but it also masterfully chronicles the historic collapse of the Soviet Union and its complex aftermath.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 22, 2011
    100
    Thus comes My Perestroika's most sophisticated idea: Day-to-day family struggles have a way of trumping even the most profound political change. Don't miss this.
  3. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Apr 7, 2011
    100
    Offers a surprising and revealing look at Russia's past and present.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 24, 2011
    83
    My Perestroika is fairly foursquare as documentary filmmaking goes; it isn't stylistically snazzy, nor doggedly vérité. Its closest kin in the genre is Michael Apted's "Up" films, which are similarly focused on how people change over time.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 16, 2011
    83
    The openness of these people is often astonishing – and a sign of hope.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 23, 2011
    80
    A terrifically engaging picture of life beyond the headlines, My Perestroika lifts the veil of Cold War mystery.
  7. 75
    Essentially agenda-free, My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 8, 2011
    10
    The film is a must see for everybody, who has any connection or interest in Russia and Russians. It is as simple is that - if you are trying to better understand your Russian friend, colleague, business partner and you ever wonder "why?" and "how?" about their way of thinking and behavior - you will get some answers. Unique combination of compassion and non judgmental objectivity are the corner stones of this masterpiece. Expand

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