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some people complain about the Russian being too simple an unrealistic in the dialogue. i'm really happy that it is, because i had no subtitles and if they had spoken faster and using slang, then i wouldn't have understood anything. and the cool thing is that all the labels in the shops and other signs are in my mother tongue, in estonian. and the blue money that she uses(100 crowns=£4) is ours too. and you remember the enormous building where volodja slept, the one that reminded a submarine on the inside, the one they called the pentagon. well, unfortunately it is no more, it was torn down this summer. or at least most of it. pity.
the film made me ache all over. it is the real life. the gap between the rich and the poor is unbelievably wide here.
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