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Give Me Liberty (2019)

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In this freewheeling comedy, medical transport driver Vic risks his job to shuttle a group of rowdy seniors and a Russian boxer to a funeral, dragging clients like Tracy, a young woman with ALS, along for the ride.

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Kirill Mikhanovsky (as Mikhanovsky)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lauren 'Lolo' Spencer ... Tracy
Chris Galust Chris Galust ... Vic
Maxim Stoyanov Maxim Stoyanov ... Dima (as Maksim Stoyanov)
Darya Ekamasova ... Sasha
Zoya Makhlina Zoya Makhlina ... Vic's Mom
Dorothy Reynolds Dorothy Reynolds ... Tracy's Grandma
Sheryl Sims-Daniels Sheryl Sims-Daniels ... Tracy's Mom
Steve Wolski Steve Wolski ... Steve
Michelle Caspar Michelle Caspar ... Michelle
Ben Derfel Ben Derfel ... Nate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josette Daniels Josette Daniels ... Security Guard
John Day John Day ... Clayton
Atavia Gold Star Atavia Gold Star ... Tracy's Aunt [Auntie G]
Jehonathan Guzman ... Brandon
Shawn Jolly Shawn Jolly ... Police Officer
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In this freewheeling comedy, medical transport driver Vic risks his job to shuttle a group of rowdy seniors and a Russian boxer to a funeral, dragging clients like Tracy, a young woman with ALS, along for the ride.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Give Me Liberty See more »

Filming Locations:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,261, 25 August 2019

Gross USA:

$227,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$609,156
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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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1.85 : 1
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At one point Donald Sutherland was considered to play Vic's grandfather. But it eventually fell through as he didn't speak Russian and the filmmakers decided to cast unknown/local actors and non actors. See more »

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An ambitious film about shared communities
3 September 2019 | by gortxSee all my reviews

Kirill Mikhanovsky's ambitious film (partially shot on 16mm) follows an eventful day in the life of a young accessibly van driver in Milwaukee. Vic (Chris Galust) is the young Russian immigrant who's daily pickup routine is sidetracked when a group of mostly elderly ex-Soviets need a ride to a funeral of one of their own. Along the way, Vic tries to maneuver his regular riders into the trip but keeps getting sidetracked. LIBERTY seems to be headed into farce territory, but, eventually reveals itself to have much more on its mind. Vic is still looking for what to do with his life. The members of his community may be all lumped together as "Russians", but, as the film amply shows, the old Soviet Union was a collection of different nations, factions and religions (as is the Milwaukee inner city where the story is set). One of the movie's most amusing lines is when the smooth-talking Dima (Maxim Stoyanov) compares the bitter cold Wisconsin weather to Siberia! Mikhanovsky (who co-writes with Alice Austen) is certainly audacious in trying to pack so much into a single day (including a full blown protest turned riot), but, it works more often than not. It's overlong, and certainly over-reaches from time to time, but, it has a cumulative effectiveness. The acting (which includes a good number of debuts) is engaging, particularly Lauren Spencer as one of Vic's riders, the wheel-chair bound Tracy. Despite having a lot on his plate, Mikhanovsky is smart enough to slow down the sometimes frenetic pace to capture the tinniest moments and intimate details. The heart-to-heart talks with a bed ridden elderly man - credited only as 'Vic's Confidant' (James Watson) - form a kind of an eloquent bookend to the film. They anchor the piece, even if the title ends up being more of a question mark (Give Me Liberty?) than a declarative statement.


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