Russia's dismal post-Soviet economy has given rise to widespread alcoholism, depression, and divorce. One consequence is that many desperate young Russian women turn to marriage agencies in a bid to escape--those linking Russian women with "rich" American men are thriving. Filmed principally in St. Petersburg over several years, this film examines the motiviations of two agency heads and follows several of these women as they seek a brighter future. Told from all these women's point of view, this is an often brilliant, funny, and unflinching examination of a cultural reality: the 'mail-order bride' with a clear-eyed certainty about what she is doing, and why.
Ina Kremert, Lynn Visson, Michael "Mondo" Mondini, Svetlana Zagordnikova, Svetlana Novikova, Elena Voskressenskaya, Mike Potter, John O'Scanlon, Elena Roche, Vladimir Paperny, Warren Roche.
Executive producer, Sydney Pollack ; editor, Yana Gorskaya ; cinematographer, Sergei Drozdovsky, Chapin Wilson ; composer, Daniel Hulsizer ; translation, Grisha Dimant, Konstantin Evgienko, Nadya Karypkina, Olga Khramova, Andre Koutouza, Inga Sakovich.
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Louis A. Duhring Fund.