Russian Film Week 2013: Intimate Parts review

★★★☆☆ The debut feature from Natasha Merkulova, Intimate Parts (2013) is an acerbic and comedic exploration of attitudes towards sexuality amongst the intelligentsia of contemporary Russian society. Attempting to debunk the media conceived misconception that Russians don’t have sex, Intimate Parts tackles taboo subjects such as homosexuality, infidelity, promiscuity and Continue Reading

Russian Film Festival 2013: ‘Betrayal’ review

★★☆☆☆ Themes of distrust, obsession and revenge all combine to somewhat underwhelming effect in Kirill Serebrennikov’s Betrayal (2012), a downbeat and ironically passionless excursion into restrained melodrama. Blending some deft and weighty camerawork with an oblique narrative of bewildering twists and turns, Serebrannikov’s latest is an alluring, if tedious example Continue Reading