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Dear Comrades!

(Russia, English Subtitles): The film, based on a true story, takes place in 1962, when workers in a factory, complaining about high prices of food, food shortages, and low wages, went on strike. To break the strike, the government fires on the protesters, killing several, and went to extreme measures to cover up the murders. The film is shot in black and white, which gives it an interesting air of history and the times when most broadcasts were in black and white. It is a commentary on the extent that governments go to hide the truth, but the best part of the film is the story about a party member on the local council in the city where the strike is occurring. She manages to get special privileges in terms of food, cigarettes, and other things, but when her daughter goes missing, she is forced to confront the larger picture of what she is seeing. We become part of a more intimate look at the crisis in the context of her personal drama. Her performance is excellent and is what really sold me on the film and kept my interest. The film gets a thumbs up from me. It was on the shortlist for Best International Film, but it did not make the final cut. (2020; 4 stars)

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