A Mafia family in disintegration. Apr 5, 2010
This complex and highly watchable plot about a Russian Mafia family about to implode is gripping and nail-biting. The two leads, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Vladimir Mashkov are so intense and compelling (especially Mashkov) that the film slides by with no trouble at all. Lesley Ann Warren is excellent as the young mother of Oleg but this actress can be irritating in movies, although in this one, her method works. Partly spoken in Russian, it has that richness of the Russian tongue and fleshy Russian faces, and the plot with Oleg (Mashkov) feeling increasingly threatened by signs he is about to be 'taken out', is tight and exciting.
Mention must be made of the group of three musicians, The Tiger Lilies, whose lead singer, Martyn Jacques, sings in a castrato voice, hauntingly beautiful, especially in the closing credits with his rendition of 'Alone With The Moon'. It's a 'Must See'.