Russian Film Festival 2012: 'Kokoko' review

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★★★☆☆ Dunya Smirnova's Kokoko (2012) plays out very much like a buoyant Mike Leigh film about social class and feminism - albeit with a deeply Russian sensibility - an exploration of cultural clashes within a delightfully comic framework. Big city living and country ways collide in this quaint tale of societal contrasts and artistic disparities. Meeting on a sleeper train between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Lisa (Anna Mikhalkova), an uptight and lonely ethnographer, and Vika (Yana Troyanova), a brazen and carefree party girl, find themselves drawn together when both of their belongings are stolen during the journey.

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