Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

2013

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Russian 2.0
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1 hr 28 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Wuchakk 4 / 10

Liberalism gone loony

RELEASED IN 2013 and directed by Mike Lerner & Maxim Pozdorovkin, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" is a documentary about the feminist/anti-Putin Russian punk rock collective, Pussy Riot, and the arrest & trial of three of its main members (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich) for their offensive protest "performance" at a Moscow cathedral in 2012 wherein they were charged with hooliganism motivated by enmity toward a religious group and disturbing the social order.

I have an obvious message for these three women (aged 22, 23 and 29 respectively at the time of the events): If you don't want to go to jail don't enact hateful criminal protests. Let me put it this way: What if several conservative Christians visited whatever dive they "perform" at and carried out a mocking, hostile rant against them and their ilk? They'd be incensed and immediately put a stop to it, not to mention press charges to prevent it from happening again.

Speaking of "performing," the girls' music is laughably trite punk ditties. Separated from the political hype, their cacophonies wouldn't register even a blip on the punk/rock/metal barometer.

A couple of the females are asked what they're protesting against and one of them says they're objecting to the (supposed) Russian expectation of women to have babies and do little else in society. But (1.) no one's forcing her or anyone else to have babies and (2.) the movie itself shows women in all kinds of significant professions in Russia, including two judges, a prominent lawyer and police officers. It's a classic case of rebel without a cause. If they don't like Putin, fine, vote against him and look into becoming a politician. If you don't like the conservative sway in current Russian culture, then do your part to respectfully influence society to your point of view, which would include offering a positive example of your (supposedly superior) belief system.

Instead, these women opted for outrageous acts in their 3-year protest against the Russian government, culminating in the sacrilegious incident at the Russian Orthodox cathedral: They stuck poultry up their you-know-whats in supermarkets, spray-painted vulgar graffiti on bridges, staged an unbelievable public orgy at a museum when Nadya was eight-months pregnant, which is actually shown in the movie for like 10 seconds (two clips). Seriously? In response, Putin expressed "I'm surprised they weren't arrested prior to this." So am I.

The flick is evenhanded in that it lacks a biased narration and simply shows the actual footage, translating the Russian verbiage into English, with a smattering of interviews with parents, husbands and whoever. It's a fascinating documentary in that it reveals modern Russian culture, its predominant values and lunatic fringe. I was surprised to observe that the elder disciples of the Russian Orthodox Church resemble formidable American bikers more than anything else.

Despite these positives, I'm not giving the film a higher rating because it foolishly sides with the girls. Which is baffling since anyone with a modicum of common sense can see that they got precisely what their doofus behavior deserved. If a group of conservatives in America did what these women did, but enacted toward liberal people & institutions, they'd be lambasted by the lamestream media and imprisoned for years for hooligan hate crimes. Of course loony libertines are notorious for their hypocritical double standards.

THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour 28 minutes.

GRADE: C-

Reviewed by JustCuriosity 8 / 10

An Important Examination at the Deterioration of Democracy in Putin's Russia

Pussy Riot seemed to be well-received at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. While many people had seen news reports about the arrest and trial of these three young women who are part of Pussy Riot – described as a feminist punk-rock collective – this documentary provides much more detail on these events. The film is informative as it examines how they were tried essentially a hate crime for performing a highly offensive song at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior on February 21, 2012. The trial was somewhat similar to a trial for blasphemy. The film was interesting and informative, but not terribly creative as a documentary film. Much of the film was simply edited tapes of the trial coverage and other secondary news coverage. There was some background material on the young women and interviews with their parents to provide some context for the events. I would say that the events themselves were more inherently interesting than the filmmakers' treatment of them. Still, since the film has been picked up by HBO it appears that many more Americans will get a chance to learn about this Moscow Show Trial and the tragic deterioration of Russian democracy under Vladimir Putin that this trial serves to demonstrate. Certainly, these brave young women deserve our sincere praise and respect for their efforts to promote freedom in Russia.

Reviewed by careers-647-775151 1 / 10

Propaganda

First of all, this is not a "musical punk group". No one ever heard any song from them, except maybe their ridiculous performance in the Churh. Let's quickly recall all their public so called "performances":

1. Public sex in a botanical museum, which was video taped and uploaded to the internet. If you google it, you still have a good chance of finding it. I believe the team was call "Gruppa Voina" at that time.And if I'm not mistaken, they celebrated Medvedev's presidency in such a way. Tolokonnikova was 9 month pregnant at the time.

2. Other members of the team carried out a frozen chicken in their vaginas out of a grocery store. Kids and other people were present. videotaped and uploaded to the internet.

3. Tolokonnikova and others hang by neck in a grocery store several mannequins representing visual minorities (people of Asian background). Public was present in the store. Again, "the performance" was videotaped and uploaded.

4. And of course, the famous performance in the beautiful Christ the Savior Church. Usually people are required to be quiet and decent in this place. Yet they cursed, jumped, etc. I'm surprised that visitors didn't beat and kick them out. If it hadn't happened in Moscow but in some rural church, that would have been the most probable outcome.

If it's art, or "political protest", then I'm from Mars. It's good that finally they were stopped before they did something even more outrageous. And if they haven't learnt the lesson - well, Mr. Putin is not going anywhere any time soon.

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