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Moving

More of a ripoff than a remake of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," thriller-cum-redemption story "Moving," about a jaded journo caught up in a whirl of mobsters and starlets, will more than likely stay put in its home territory. Tedious and sloppily plotted, this relatively expensive-looking flick from debut helmer and ex-thesp Philipp Yankovsky has few redeeming features beyond interesting Moscow locations, a handful of semi-engaging performances and a well-shot final scene.

With:
With: Konstantin Khabensky, Yelena Perova, Oksana Fandera, Mikhail Yefremov, Alexandra Skachkova, Olga Sidorova, Oksana Akinshina, Anastasia von Kalmanovich, Aleksei Makarov, Fyodor Bondarchuk.

More of a ripoff than a remake of Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” thriller-cum-redemption story “Moving,” about a jaded journo caught up in a whirl of mobsters and starlets, will more than likely stay put in its home territory. Tedious and sloppily plotted, this relatively expensive-looking flick from debut helmer and ex-thesp Philipp Yankovsky has few redeeming features beyond interesting Moscow locations, a handful of semi-engaging performances and a well-shot final scene.

Unsympathetic hero Sasha Guryev (Konstantin Khabensky) spends his days chasing stories and his nights shagging girls, driving longterm g.f. Vera (Oksana Fandera) to despair. His remaining scruples are tested on discovering a friend’s femme fatale wife (stiff Anastasia von Kalmanovich) is mixed up with gangsters. Investigations lead to the death of his one real friend, Liza (likable Yelena Perova). Apart from flashy finale with hero running inside a train as he looks out window at an elusive beauty (“Lilya 4-Ever”‘s Oksana Akinshina), pic lacks the visual flair of its Fellini template, and doesn’t work as a genre piece either. Tech credits are subpar, with sound particularly muddy for projection caught. Title’s literal translation is “on the move.”

Moving

Russia

Production: A Slovo Production Co., Art Pictures Group, Non-Stop Production production. (International sales: Non-Stop Production, Moscow.) Produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk, Stepan Mikhalkov, Viktor Glukhov, Sergei Melkumov, Yelena Tatsura. Directed by Philipp Yankovsky. Screenplay, Gennady Ostrovsky.

Crew: Camera (color), Sergei Machilsky; editor, Alexander Chupakov; music, Danila Kalashnik; production designer, Yekaterina Zaletayeva; costume designer, Yekaterina Mikhaylovskaya. Reviewed at Cottbus Film Festival, Nov. 5, 2003. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: With: Konstantin Khabensky, Yelena Perova, Oksana Fandera, Mikhail Yefremov, Alexandra Skachkova, Olga Sidorova, Oksana Akinshina, Anastasia von Kalmanovich, Aleksei Makarov, Fyodor Bondarchuk.

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