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|You I Love|
Actors: Damir Badmaev, Lyubov Tolkalina, Evgeny Koryakovsky
Directors: Olga Stolpovskaya, Dmitry Troitsky
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 07/19/2005 Run time: 83 minutes Rating: Nr
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Chapulina R | Tovarischi Imports, USA/RUS | 05/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The adjectives which come to mind -- sweet, luscious, charming -- describe "You I Love," a fable about an unusual love triangle in ultra-modern Moscow. Handsome Timofei and beautiful Vera are young lovers, both successful professionals. He designs TV commercials ("Lyubov' -- eto Kola!"); she is a popular newscaster. Enter Ulumzhi, a sensual yet appealingly innocent Kalmyk newcomer, who takes a day job as a zookeeper. When Timofei accidently bumps into Ulumzhi (literally, with his car), he takes the injured homeless youth into his apartment. Arriving unexpectedly, Vera is stunned to discover Timofei and Ulumzhi have begun a passionate romance. At first hurt and angry, Vera cannot help befriending the extremely likable Asian boy. In fact, she cannot help her own physical attraction to the agreeable young man. Her dilemma: dump her boyfriend or share him with Ulumzhi? When Ulumzhi's uncle drags him back to his village, hoping to make a "real man" out of his disappointing "goluboi" nephew, Vera thinks she at last has Timofei to herself. But they both miss Ulumzhi more than they can bear. This movie had me laughing out loud in the theater. Particularly funny are the two cabbies' sly references to "you know who," a certain someone high up in the government purported to be secretly gay (hint: think "Goluboe Salo")! I thoroughly enjoyed the great scenes of the newly vibrant Moscow, as well as the sensuous (yet refreshingly "chaste") scenes on the Persian rugs! All three actors are simply, exquisitely, gorgeous! The term "eye-candy" could have been coined for this trio! Overall, a delightful film, in Russian with English subtitles."
Brilliant Love Story
J. SEKOCH | Philadelphia, PA | 10/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this film last summer when it was shown during the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; and instantly fell in love with it.
I noticed in a review below, that the film is criticized for it's editing style as well as music...and yet...it was exactly those elements of modern Russian culture (as well as the cultural underground the movie features) as being very engaging and powerful. While my exposure to Russian film has been very limited, I enjoy many Russian and Ukranian trance and experimental musicians' work. This movie fit right in with the almost-psychedelic and always mind-enticing montages of both sight and sound that I've come to expect from leading-edge Russian artistic expressions.
The story itself was beautiful and definitely modern/relevant. I particularly loved the contrast between the two main relationships and how they all eventually fuse into one.
I cannot recommend this movie enough for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking love stories, modern film or gay cinema in general."
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 04/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First time directors Olga Stolpovskyaya and Dmitry Troitsky have come up with this fluffy bit of eye candy. Timofei played by Evgeny Koryakovsky in what appears to be his first role is an advertising professional with a stable job and nurses a bizarre relationship with Vera, a TV show host played by Lyubov Tolkalina. Their somewhat on again-off again relationship is punctuated with unusual foreplay such as Timofei dressing himself in a cellophane loincloth with vegetables strategically disguising his most private anatomy. Damir Badmaev plays the naive urchin Uloomji. Uloomji is of Kalmyk descent, the only Buddhist nation in Europe. He apparently has come to Moscow and looks with wonder at ATM machines while he sleeps at the zoo and helps tend the animals. He literally falls off a fence onto Timofei's car. Unable to get medical attention for the lad, Timofei takes Uloomji to his apartment. There Uloomji playfully seduces Timofei until Vera walks in. The film then progresses with mild shots of the guys shooting each other with water while clothed in the shower and suggestively sudsy foam splattering across their bare chests as they physically delight in each other. The film veers back and forth with the subplot of Uloomji's family coming to intervene and extract him from this decadent lifestyle. We flashback to Uloomji and see his development while fond shots of sheep are edited into the mix. The end suggests that three can live together if their love is not possessive and allows each to pursue that which is closest to their hearts. The Russian flavor makes the story seem fresh, at least worth one night's viewing. Enjoy!"
A Refreshing Peek Inside Post-Perestroika Moscow Social Life
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 07/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"YA LYUBLU TEBYA (You I Love) is a fast paced bonbon of a movie from Russia being hailed in some circles as the 'hottest gay film of the year'. Hot it is not: fun it is. The message from director/writers Olga Stolpovskaja and Dmitry Troitsky seems more a PR statement about how Westernized and modern in social behavior Russia has become since Perestroika than creating a significant gay film. Yet somehow the result is a rapid sequence entertainment that should appeal to a very wide audience.
Timofei (Evgeny Koryakovsky) is a young, successful ad executive in Moscow, able to afford all of the luxuries of his Western counterparts. He is in a relationship with Vera (Lyubov Tolkalina) who is a popular TV personality. They have a fresh and vital lifestyle, emphasizing the manifestations of capitalism. Simultaneously we meet Uloomji (Damir Badmaev) who comes from the poorer provinces, the son of a strict and struggling worker family. Uloomji strikes out for Moscow to find a job and a life. He 'accidentally' encounters Timofei who feels sorry for the homeless youth and takes him to his apartment for care...and cavorting! The socially naive Uloomji and the sexually naive Timofei collide (the metaphor is readily apparent) and are discovered in embrace when Vera returns home. The remainder of the story is how the two men and one woman grow into a ménage a trois of sorts and how the friends and families of the three respond.
While the story is really one of bisexuality it is played as a drawing room comedy (?TV sitcom Moscow style?) and while the film takes a lot of visual and technical chances - some of which work well, others spoil - the final result is a light entertainment that doesn't really push the edge purported by the trailers and the PR media glut. The three main actors are excellent and show promise of becoming stars in their own right. This is a fun film that asks the audience to just step on for the ride for an inside look at the now-open Moscow life!
Grady Harp, July 05"