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(Ja), Igor Voloshin, RUS 2009, Russian version / Czech and English subtitles, 88 min
I Am

The boundless freedom of the post-Soviet 1990s offered the young, ideologically “empty generation” not only the previously forbidden intoxication of punk and rock, but also experimentation with drugs. After savoring it all to the full, a young man from Sevastopol dodges the draft by checking himself into a psychiatric hospital. There he defies the cruel hospital regimen by escaping into bizarre visions and dreams that resonate with motifs from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Trainspotting, not to mention the autobiographical prose of Eduard Limonov. Naturalism and the folklore of romanticized abandon are combined in orgiastic images. The young man’s psychedelic musings lead to a pathetic stance: “Everyone will die but ME.” The subject of the protagonist’s clash with his own ego and with the world is accompanied by an earsplitting blast of musical collages and aggressive images as it collides with the irony the filmmaker also had in mind.

 

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