U.S. Release Date: 2017-09-22
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Adult Themes, Sexual Content)
Director: Valerie Muller, Angelin Preljocaj
Cast: Anastasia Shevtsova, Veronika Zhovnytska, Juliette Binoche, Aleksey Guskov, Niels Schneider, Jeremie Belingard, Miglen Mirtchev, Kseniya Kutepova
When "Polina" works, it captivates. When it doesn’t, it’s sufficiently well-made to advance the story.
Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut.
Equal parts mesmerizing and perplexing, intriguing and frustrating.
The movie hits all the milestones although it perhaps tries too hard to be uplifting and inspirational.
An odd movie but its central questions and dilemmas are compelling and there’s enough here of substance for the impressions to linger.
Follows the mandate of delivering more of the same to keep the franchise going and attempts to expand the canvas aren’t successful.
It’s difficult to recommend something that, despite offering a few solid laughs, is instantly forgettable.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a viewer in search of two hour’s quality entertainment won’t find it here.