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Stranger Says:

This contemplative, slow-moving documentary focuses on members of an extended family who are located throughout Ukraine and Russia. It broods on the question of what nationality is, what it means to speak Ukrainian, what it means to “be” Ukrainian, and what it means when borders and political leaders change. When Putin brags on television on New Year’s Eve about Ukraine making the decision to “join” Russia after the annexation of Crimea, some family members angrily talk back to the screen. But the level of mundane detail overwhelms the significance of the larger political situation, and there are so many family members that it’s hard to follow who’s who. (CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE)
by Christopher Frizzelle
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Vitaly Mansky