Of Freaks and Men (1998)

Recommended
Russia
Feature Film
Original Title: Про уродов и людей
Writer/Director: Aleksei Balabanov
Cinematographer: Sergei Astakhov
Cast: Sergei Makovetsky, Dinara Drukarova, Lika Nevolina, Viktor Sukhorukov, Dyo Alyosha, Chingiz Tsydendambayev, Vadim Prokhorov, Aleksandr Mezentsev, Igor Shibanov, Dariya Lesnikova

Balabanov’s sepia-toned, (presumably) allegorical curio – in which two wealthy families become infiltrated and corrupted by pornographers, emasculating the haves and empowering the have-nots – teases and titillates its way towards its surprisingly moving finale, with some evocative imagery and an excellent performance from Mandy Patinkin look-alike Makovetsky. Iain.Stott