OF FREAKS AND MEN (Aleksei Balabanov, 1998)

Aleksei Balabanov’s witty, sad, convoluted Pro urodov i lyudey celebrates Freudian ideas, such as the existence of the Unconscious and the driving force of the sexual impulse in (at least bourgeois) familial and social arrangements, in post-Soviet Russia, where the ban against Freud’s writings has dissolved along with the repressed Soviet state. This purposefully dreamy […]