A Friend of the Deceased
|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.