Stand (2014)

Stand (2014)
Country: France, Russia, Ukraine
Release Year: 2014
Director: Jonathan Taieb
Writer: Jonathan Taieb
Language: Russian
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Runtime: 86 min
Cast:Renat Shuteev, Andrey Kurganov
Andrey Koshman, Ekaterina Rusnak
Veronika Merkoulova, Yevgen Baranov
Studio:Grizouille Production
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After taking a wrong turn in their car, a young gay Russian couple witnesses what they believe is a vicious gay bashing; their quandary over what to do about it propels them—and this suspenseful drama—into ever more dangerous territory. The slow-burning film is highly topical, given the intense worldwide outrage over Russia’s mistreatment of gays and the country’s 2013 federal law prohibiting homosexual “propaganda.” Anton and Vlad make a handsome pair, sharing a loving and natural chemistry in the comfortable privacy of their Moscow apartment. For Anton, the burden of what they may have witnessed outweighs Vlad’s fear of probing too deeply into the incident. Convinced of the police’s indifference—recent events make this a terrifyingly plausible scenario—Anton talks his skeptical lover into launching their own amateur investigation into the hate crime. Their risky search for the truth has unexpected and grim consequences.

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