A thriller with good doses of satire and wit. An American slasher film is shooting in
low-budget Moscow, when the mute makeup artist witnesses a real murder when two of the
Russian crewmen film a snuff film in the studio at night. The first half of the film starts
as a moderately successful parody, watching the American crew shoot their film using many
of the cliches typical of horror films. However, after the murder, the movie treads a bit too
close to imitating the movies it so recently satirized. Luckily, halfway through, the plot
changes course...things are no longer as simple as they seemed, and no one knows whom to
trust. The lead actress, Marina Sudina, does a good job, although she has no lines. Her
concerned sister, and her brother-in-law, the American director, are simply broad based
caricatures. The direction makes a few misteps, but it ultimately never loses its balance.
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