You I Love details
|Starring:||Evgeny Koryakovsky, Damir Badmaev, Lyubov Tolkalina|
|Directors:||Dmitry Troitsky, Olga Stolpovskaja, Olga Stolp|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Original title||Ya Lublu Tebya|
You I Love
|Run time:||1 hour 23 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Feb 2006|
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QuirkyBy a customer from Derby, England , 25 Jun 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Quirky little film with an oft told tale - boy meets girl, then meets boy and can't choose. Inoffensive, quiet, innocent, and funny in places. Parts of it felt like those surreal dreams you have after eating something with a dubious sell-by date.
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What was that?By a customer from Wallington , 28 Feb 2011Quite a strange film and never really passed go with me. Some of the acting was just too contrived and the story line was pretty boring, to be honest. Comedy? Hmmm ... didn't raise a titter once.
InterestingBy a customer from London , 07 Feb 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideEvery post-Soviet Russian film has to clear the air about its relationship to the old regime. Two main characters go on a love-making romp around an apartment, knock a statue of Lenin from the shelves and then sweep it away.
Point made, air cleared.
But 'You I love' relies on a viewer knowing what goes on in Moscow today. The traffic, the advertising, the television news. How telephones lose connection, the high number of guest workers from other post-Soviet republics or provinces of Russia in the capital city.
If you don't already have this vocabulary of images and ideas, some of the director's brief clues will go past you.
There are three themes underneath this film.
First, sexual openness in modern Moscow, and the general introduction of not only homosexuality into pop culture, but the larger question of poly-sexuality.
Second, living and working in Moscow in a fledgeling media market that is coming to grips with demographically-targeted advertising, foreign influences in marketing and those issues' contrast to widely-accepted 'Russian' cultural expression.
Third, the notion that 'freedom' as it was won when the Soviet Union collapsed is not a grand political notion but instead merely a consumer trope.
The protagonist Timofei makes commercials that play on the word 'freedom'. In the background we see these short clips with a Mikhail Gorbachev impersonator saying 'Freedom, as they say, is cola', and 'Freedom, as they say, is choice'.
The lead female Vera is a news reader with an eating compulsion. She is made to wear wigs, enhance her breasts and, by extension, starve herself in order to please an ideal audience.
When she meets Timofei she is encouraged to find that he accepts her compulsion to eat and even encourages it.
Then there is Ulumji, the provincial illegal worker who comes from Buryatia and is untroubled by being gay and who falls in love with Timofei and opens him to his own bisexuality.
This movie is not terribly successful as a whole, because of elisions in the final edit and some rather dubious leaps of logic, but its parts are significant in that they show Moscow as a normal, if separate, European city and its residents as normal, if removed, European citizens.
The production design is quite clever and its young female director is clearly competent in assembling a film that works technically and is very much pointed at young Russians who question the philosophical value of their 'new' lives.
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Could have been betterBy Randomfilmbuff (327 reviews) from London , 25 Nov 2009This film tries so hard to be good but fails. It wants to be arty but doesnt work. It uses very cleched versions of capitalism in post communist russia. the only thing it has going is that it is brave to be the first film to feature homosexuality in a society that is very homophobic
Surreal...By vh (35 reviews) from London , 27 Jul 2009A guy without apparent sexual orientation issues, falls in love with a woman with eating disorders. While speaking over the phone with her and driving at the same time, a guy appears in front of the car by falling, and has an accident. This guy now acts strange with him and things started to happen... firstly by mistake, then not so sure, and at the end love is in the air... You I Love!!
Don't expect to follow the normal romantic routine map... it will make a turn a few minutes after you start watching it...
It has some funny bits in the middle... but you must be in the mood to laugh about it :D
It is 'watchable' (a word I have made up for a film of this kind)
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This is a very unusual bit of cinema to emerge from Russia. I hope for more. It is cleverly filmed, very funny (especially if you understand Russian - the subtitles can't capture some of the subtleties) and very modern in its illustration of the discovery of bisexual love. It has a sort of David Lynch cross French intellectual feel - slightly surreal, but with a clear story of the pain of love.