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5.0 out of 5 stars Duality of Feminine Positivism in Times of Socialist Realism, 16 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Moscow inded does not believe in tears and the film duly transcends the message in tune with times when the rest of the developed world was growing through everchanging concepts of feminism, driven by industrial and technologic advance. The Oscar thus is not just to pay a tribute of a surprisingly undercensored release of a socialist life to a capitalist west, but rather put the concept of human development at a mere human level, mirroring that no matter what social circumstances, women and men seemingly come from different planets.

A tale of three 20-somethings drawn to big city lights and careers that aim at landing them the perfect man does not fall short of parallel concept-line of the now-days international hit "Sex and the City". Contrary to the review below, their wardrobes are fully charged with fashionable dresses, their hair thoroughly accessorised and "garnished" wth shoes and purses. There's a certain for of socialist materialism to several of the characters. Nevertheless, the film never surpasses the actual thresholds of lifestyle common in the Soviets. It does deserve a credit for building three stories of three girls whereby the social hierarchy of the time is drawn vividly: a non-educated girl with no scientific title would be a "no-no" in the traditionalist land of the Russian motehr-in-law whose son is a notorious cameraman that dares to claim the advance of television would eventually cause a halt to the public interest in other media tools.

Three ladies venture us through the dating games and masterful man-hunting strategies and despite successes and failures they never separate and their special bond is the strongest survivor throughout the movie. They never seize to help one another at most critical points in their lives.

The culmination of the story is when one of them gets to make a sweet revenge 20 years after being dumped by an arrogant man she'd fallen for. She's eversince has been the prototype of a successfull career woman who having experienced the hardships of late working nights, studies through university while being a single mother, smoothly manages to land atop the glass cealing, only to be challenged for earning more than the love of his life. All the storylines are true and actual even to this date and they do apply internationally. The directing and the script are achieved at a superior level. No wonder, most of the lines have become punchlines, immersed into current day conversational Russian.

I recommend it to all those interested in the best of foreign films.
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