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A Friend of the Deceased

Director:Vyacheslav Krishtofovich
Writer:Andrei Kourkov
Music:Vladimir Gronski
Producers:Mykola Machenko and Pierre Rival
Sony Picture Classics; R; 100 minutes
Cast:Elena Korikova, Constantin Kostychin, Tatiana Krivitska, Alexandre Lazarev, Angelika Nevolina and Eugen Pachin

It's hard to say whether this Ukrainian film about post-perestroika free-market angst is a comedy or a tragedy. But that's the beauty of Krishtofovich's intelligent satire; when a struggling young writer (Lazarev) is dumped by his wife (Nevolina) for a more successful capitalist, you won't know whether to laugh or cry.

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