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Moscow Doesn’t Belive In Tears Or Feminism

April 18th, 2011 by Jasmine Owens · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

At first, I thought, oh, another women-being-exploited film. Then they crashed that by showing Katya being happier than her friend.  Then I thought, Ha! Finally, a woman who doesn’t need some man to be happy! Then they crashed that too when Mr. Perfect Faultless Man showed up and she melted into a spineless wimp as far as he’s concerned. In conclusion, male supremacy ends up being inevitable.  Which was annoying.

And it was going so well, too…

One thing I found amusing though: my mother told me the very same line Mr. Perfect said, except in reverse–she thinks the wife should make more (which she does).

I’m thinking that the perpetual subordination of women in all these films might be my final paper.

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  • Geneva Tatem

    I told you that you would hate this movie. I think that this is one of the many reasons why i hate films that label themselves Romantic-Comedies. A lot of them are just sexist views wrapped in a cloak of feminism.

  • Kristen Twardowski

    This film certainly takes an odd perspective on gender roles. It seems to have a lot in common with “Brief Encounters”, namely how women handle the Soviet structure and their place within it. Despite sharing the same general theme, Muratova’s film takes a much more individualized look at the women whereas “Moscow does not Believe in Tears” seems to comment most about Soviet society.

    …And this is why I like Muratova so much more than Menshov. Among other reasons.

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