Review: ‘Closed Spaces’

When a femme delivers a pizza to a Moscow apartment, the customer imprisons her inside in the jejune drama "Closed Spaces."

When a femme delivers a pizza to a Moscow apartment, the customer imprisons her inside in the jejune drama “Closed Spaces.” Although inserted scenes attempt to open out pic’s action a bit, debut for helmer Igor Vorskla might as well be a legit work, even if lensing by Ruslan Gerasimenkov adds flair. Characters fretting over being a “lost” generation will appeal to angst-prone youth market at home, as will toothsome cast, but few distribs will likely open room for “Closed Spaces” offshore.

Feisty, 20-year-old pizza-delivery girl Vika (Masha Mashkova), who favors a punky, emo look, freaks out when Venya (Leonid Bichevin), a young man her age, locks her in his loft and announces he plans to rape her. Turns out he has no intention of doing that, although he plays weird head games with her before trying to kill himself, one of several attempted suicides depicted here. When Venya’s gay friend Rostik (Oleg Makarov) arrives, the trio end up comparing notes on their unhappy childhoods, revealing silly coincidences. A portrait of Russian kids today, scarred by endemic violence and suffering from general anomie, is a bit more interesting, but superficially explored.

Closed Spaces

(Russia)

Production

A DK production. (International sales: Intercinema, Moscow.) Produced by Igor Lebedev. Executive producer, Ilya Gavrutikh. Directed, written by Igor Vorskla.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Ruslan Gerasimenkov; editor, Oleg Malygin; music, Leonid Fedorov, Vladimir Volkov; production designer, Viktor Nikonenko; costume designers, Elena Stepanova, Daria Zonova. Reviewed on DVD, Fazende, France, July 2, 2008. (In Sochi Open Russian Film Festival -- Summer Euphoria.) Original title: Zakritiye Prostranstva. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Masha Mashkova, Leonid Bichevin, Oleg Makarov, Alexander Sklar, Anatoli Uzdesnky, Alexander Ilyin.
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