moscow does not believe in tears

Long before Sex & the City, three young women were drawn to the big onion to seek their fortunes. Set in Soviet Russia, this Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film (1980), follows the friends over the course of 20 years and asks the eternal question of whether a woman can have it all. Katerina, works in a factory, but dreams of becoming an engineer. Her best friend Lyudmilla has her sights set on bagging a prosperous husband and suggests they pose as daughters of a privileged professor to attract just the right sort of man. It works, but the men are not as they first appear, and Katya ends up alone and pregnant. Fast forward 20 years and Katya has not only survived but succeeded and is the Director of that same factory where she dreamed, but of course she is alone. A chance meeting on a train introduces her to Gosha who has become the gold standard for Russian men: tough but sensitive, a craftsman and an outdoorsman. Is there happily ever after in the Soviet Union? [russia, 1979]

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