Critic’s Pick! “Bezmozgis delves deeper than pubescent angst, exploring the immigrant experience through family dynamics, dinner-table debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and old-country dreams.”
– Village Voice Review
“Twisted and uncomfortable coming-of-age film… stark… unsettling.”
– New York Times Review
“Doing cinematic justice to the immigrant experience and capturing the state of existence where one’s body and mind are split spiritually and geographically.”
– Roger Ebert Review
“Rich central performances, an authentic eye for its second-generation immigrant milieu and a novelist’s comfort with ambiguity allow Natasha to modestly transcend its overpopulated genre.”
– Variety Review
“A provocative coming-of-age drama.”
– Hollywood Reporter
“(A) stand out in its focus on the vicissitudes of youth and the cultural generation gap that teenagers must negotiate as they mature.”
– New York Jewish Film Festival Review
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Natasha takes place over the course of one summer. It is the story of Mark Berman, 16, the son of Russian- Jewish immigrants living in the suburbs north of Toronto. When his uncle enters into an arranged marriage with woman from Moscow, the woman arrives in Canada with her fourteen year-old daughter, Natasha. Mark, a slacker, is conscripted by his parents to take responsibility for the strange girl. He learns that, in Moscow, she’d led a troubled and promiscuous life. A secret and forbidden romance begins between the two of them that has bizarre and tragic consequences for everyone involved.
Written and Directed by: David Bezmozgis
Starring: Sasha K. Gordon, Alex Ozerov, Deanna Dezmari, Genadijs Dolganovs, Igor Ovadis, Aidan Shipley, Aya-Tatyana Stolnits, Pavel Tsitrinel
Produced by: Bill Marks, Deborah Marks
Distributed by: Mongrel Media (Canada)
Runtime: 96 minutes
IN SELECT THEATRES DEC. 1
A forbidden romance between a 16-year-old in Toronto and his cousin by marriage, a 14-year-old girl from Moscow with a scandalous past.
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