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Vodka (2000, 63 min.) uses a folktale about a golden fish that grants wishes as a frame for vignettes drawn from Russian life. The wish for happiness is illustrated by a peasant wedding; the wish for wealth and power by a profile of a would-be vodka tycoon; the wish to be able to drink and stay sober by the funeral of a man who died from drinking. The resulting impressionistic portrait of Russia has its moments but lacks cohesion. Loving Lenin (1998, 50 min.), not available for preview, is a documentary on Lenin worship. In Russian with subtitles.