Dear Comrades!

Dear Comrades! ★★★★

... Dear Comrades! is—to throw an overused word around—timely, but largely in how it observes the conflict between communism and socialism and how modern audiences confuse the two. The labor strike and Svetka's views are more socialist, but only Communist Party members name-drop the philosophy. In fact, they only refer to themselves as socialists. All the while, Konchalovskiy fixates his lens on the oppressors, mocking the misunderstanding of their own regime.

Full CIFF dispatch on The Film Stage.