In 1990s Belarus, young Evelina dreams of moving to Chicago where she can pursue her passion for house music. However, obtaining a US visa proves difficult and, determined to flee the country, she takes the risk of buying a letter of employment from the black market.
The exuberant and stylish debut from Belarusian director Darya Zhuk cares little for 90s nostalgia, and instead is suffused with vivid sympathy, wry humor, and a heartfelt touch. Equal praise is due Alina Nasibullina, who fully embodies a young woman’s desire to change her life. A winning film.
Zhuk’s film may be set in 1996, but the tension it outlines between young Eastern Europeans yearning for a new life and an older, more staid generation bewildered by the youth exodus still feels thoroughly of the moment.
The cinematography is sparkly, fun and peppered with color. The main character is so engaging and endearing and the story is fun and warmly observed... until the sucker punch arrives... And then you feel as broken-hearted and angry as her Darya Zhuk´s and Alina Nasibullina´s DJ hero. An outstanding achievement!
Underrated! Thanks Mubi for giving us the opportunity to watch it. A must-see for people that are curious about Eastern European culture and recent history but also a great watch for anyone that has craved freedom and envisioned a better life for themselves. The main character is also fun and engaging to watch and has a great development arch throughout the movie
As a fellow Belarusian, I can't express how important this film is for me. I grew up in a patriarchal society without anyone trying to explain to me what does it really mean. This film is a perfect example how life was post Soviet union had fallen apart and how society functioned. I loved every frame of Daria's debut film and cried my heart out with the main character - beautiful rebel Evelina. I'm touched!
I enjoyed the flawed character and marriage scenes immensely. Evalina's character progressed from an immature, self-seeking liar, obsessive with the US to a thoughtful woman with a legitimate purpose for personal autonomy.The film does not takes sides: the antidote to Belarusian society is not the market economy, which does not release people from their basic economic worries; neither it is oppressive socialism.
was sad... sad because socialist countries in eastern bloc was way better than nowadays. we can easily feel that during the movie. people's happiness are fake, they don't have money, safety and quality life. Eastern bloc countires had %0 homeless people and unemployed but America has over %20 both of them... Good movie, good scenario, good history by the way...