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Courier (1986), Karin Shakhnazarov

Russia’s equivalent of the Breakfast Club, this witty comedy follows teenager Ivan as he rebels against tradition and expectation, surrounded by the exciting new world of Western influence: Adidas, skate-culture, breakdancing and pop music.

Long Goodbye (1971), Kira Muratova

A little-known masterpiece by Ukrainian filmmaker Muratova, Long Goodbye tells the story of a mother’s overbearing love for her son and her increasingly hysterical struggle for emotional dignity.

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