Oksana Akinshina

Lilja 4-Ever

April 6th, 2011 by Wayward Muse

I was really surprised by this movie. I thought it was perfect. There is hardly an ounce of sexploitation in this film. I happen to enjoy sexploitation movies, but I am quite uncomfortable with movies that blur the line between supposedly trying to inform and create empathy while simultaneously titillating a prurient interest. Maybe I really shouldn’t let that secret out of the bag, as even those who view it for the wrong reasons may be deeply moved by the humanity, tragedy, and utter believability of these characters. Read More…

Hipsters (Stilyagi)

October 16th, 2010 by Wayward Muse

With Oksana Akinshina, who also starred in Ya this year (and Lilya 4Ever if you ever saw that marvelous, traumatizing film about sex trafficking)

In fact this would be an awesome double-feature with Ya (I Am)…both deal with rebellious teens in Russia…in two very different eras..and both are musicals (and both have the lovely Oksana in quite divergent roles)…but Ya is only for the very brave…a very, very strange musical (!) mish-mash of Drug-flick (a la Spun or Requiem) meets One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest…it’s totally surreal…and it has that great, dark, deadpan Russian humor.

Hipsters, on the other hand, is a film many people will loveif they ever get the chance to see it….you can watch about half of it here by clicking the READ MORE link below…at least for now…and see what you are missing  :) Read More…

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