Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Russki Business: Tough Uneven, This Menage a Trois Comedy Signals the Start of New Queer Russian Cinema

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Russki Business: Tough Uneven, This Menage a Trois Comedy Signals the Start of New Queer Russian Cinema

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You I Love * Written by Olga Stolpovskaya * Directed by Stolpovskaya and Dmitry Troitsky * Starring Evgeny Koryakovsky, Lubov Tolkalina, and Damir Badmaev * Picture This

Earlier this year, famed Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's film Father and Son opened in the United States to mostly positive reviews and speculation about the film's images of male intimacy. For whatever reason, a displeased Sokurov responded to critics' use of adjectives like "homoerotic" with a resounding "nyet." If the new Russian comedy You I Love is an accurate portrayal of Russian cultural standards where homosexuality is concerned, maybe Sokurov's reaction was typical of his countrymen.

A clumsy but still likable film, You I Love tells the story of yuppie adman Timofei (Evgeny Koryakovsky); his TV news anchor girlfriend, Vera (Lubov Tolkalina); and the young homeless man, Uloomji (Damir Badmaev), who comes between them. After falling on the hood of Timofei's car, Uloomji becomes the formerly heterosexual man's boy toy, much to Vera's dismay. …

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