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Cargo 200 (Gruz 200)

Dir: Alexey Balabanov, Russia 2007, 86minsAlexey Balabanov's eleventh feature is one of his bleakest. Set in provincial Russia in 1984 as the USSR enters its death throes, it portrays a society that is sickly, violent and cynical. The title refers to the name given to corpses of Russian soldiers being flown home in regular consignments from the war in Afghanistan. Shot in grey, desaturated colours, the film expertly recreates the Soviet Union of the mid-1980s.

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