RUSSIAN RESURRECTION - The Good Boy Reviewed By Clayton Barnett

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The Premise
Winner of the Best Film and Audience’s Choice categories at the 2016 Kinotavr Film Festival, this playful romantic comedy looks at six adventure filled days of Kolya, a 16-year-old schoolboy. In a whirlwind six days, he kisses the most popular girl in school, falls in love with his teacher, takes on the school bully and investigates a mysterious computer lab fire! Kolya must learn how to handle responsibility and do what is right, even if the adults don’t! This gem is packed with adventure and will be sure to keep audiences on their toes, for all the twists and turns young love brings.

The Review
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival has been a revelation – the Russians have a brilliant quirky sense of humour that I never knew about. And that quirky offbeat humour is in great supply in the rather good The Good Boy.

Set at a Russian high school full of misfits and oddballs - and that’s just the staff – The Good Boy sees a self-aware and slightly nerdy sixth former caught in a love triangle with a beautiful teacher and the daughter of the school principal. But that’s just the half of it; all sorts of madcap subplots play out as the school builds towards a grand celebration.

Winner of the Best Film and Audience’s Choice at Kinotavr - Russia’s biggest film festival – this is one of those hidden and hilarious gems that deserves a general release. Director Oksana Karas, in only her second feature, weaves all the crazy going-ons with a skilled hand. She’s picked a cracker cast and shows the West how a playful romantic comedy should be done. It all feels so genuine and slice-of-life when the infectious dance finale finishes you just don’t want it to stop.

Get along to Rialto on Sunday night to catch its only screening, you won’t regret it.

The Trailer