I keep trying to give this movie another chance. And it's always bad.
Stunning costumes and makeup. Visually a really compelling work with some remarkable shots. But that could have been accomplished by making this a short film, even without dialogue, since that would have alleviated this project from the burden of having to deliver on a plot or complex narrative structure of any kind.
Interesting premise that attempts (and, at times, it succeeds) to make some trenchant commentary on the absurdities of synthesizing the present-day Russian Federation with its pre-Soviet cultural identity.…