Directed by: Kirill Serebrennikov
Starring: Peter Skvortsov (Veniamin Yuzhin), Yuliya Aug (Mother), Viktoriya Isakova (Elena Krasnova), Aleksandr Gorchilin (Friend), Svetlana Bragarnik (Principal), Anton Vasilev (Oleg), Nikolay Roshchin (Priest)
Language: Russian; Effed Up Russian/Soviet Movies
Genres: Religion, Teen, Gay Interest
Plot – Spoilers:
Veniamin’s mother can’t figure what’s wrong with him. He carries a pocket bible around and remains intently immersed in it. She’d much rather he had “uncontrollable erections” than preach with his new-found Christian zeal. But Veniamin doesn’t think much of her either. He flings lines from the Bible at her, that prove she’s been far from the model woman.
It’s not just his mother Veniamin has a problem with though – his schoolmates and teachers all seem diminutive, viewed from his Bible-elevated highground. His Science teacher is the only one concerned about all this at school and doesn’t believe this to be just a passing phase, but rather a symptom of his snowballing deterioration.
What begins as Veniamin’s objection to the gratuitous display of the bikini bodies of his female classmates, finds immediate support from a bullied gay boy and the ageing principal whose latent intolerance he awakens. Veniamin slowly discovers the control that can be wielded by invoking the guilt of the irreligious, by repeatedly pointing at their alleged immorality.