Christian Blauvelt
January 14, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Taxi Blues

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Piotr Mamanov, Piotr Zaitchenko
director
Pavel Lounguine
author
Pavel Lounguine
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a C

With its plot about a ? proletarian Moscow ?taxi driver (Piotr Zaitchenko) who hounds a hedonistic jazz saxophonist ?(Piotr Mamonov) for stiffing his fare, director Pavel Lounguine’s debut Taxi Blues— ?a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film — is little more than ? a dated metaphor for the fall of Communism. The two main characters are merely symbols of old and new, conservative and liberal. And the lack of EXTRAS, other than ? a trailer, leaves us as cold as a Russian winter. C

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