LOVE TRANSLATED (60' & 90')
DIRECTED BY JULIA IVANOVA
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'Ukrainian & Russian women's personalities are
different from Western women. The main difference is
that they are much more patient and can tolerate things
that Western women will never be able to bear. They are
well groomed, stylish, educated and intelligent but they
pay less attention to sports and diets. Nevertheless,
they are rarely overweight.'
What happens when you take a group of eager Western men to
Odessa, Ukraine where young, beautiful and single women
are everywhere and give them a short period to meet a wife
in contrived and awkward situations? Welcome to the
hilarious ride that is LOVE TRANSLATED!
It's a jungle out there especially where men have only ten
days but countless opportunities to meet the right woman -
or fall for a scammer in this land of stunning beauties.
Not all men are losers and not all women are gold diggers,
but the abundance of romantic opportunities brings out the
best (more like the worst) in human nature. At its most
absurd, Love Translated is like a wildlife documentary
film. Social events are organized to introduce men to
hundreds of skimpily dressed beautiful women. Both
the men and women have different strategies for this life
changing game and plans are discussed, reworked and
foiled. We follow the games closely as men choose which
women to go on dates with and struggle mightily to seduce
them all the while trying to overcome the language
barrier, cultural differences and age gap.
Organized by ANASTASIA DATING TOURS, men from US, Canada,
Europe, Middle East and even Japan fly to Odessa in the
Ukraine, get on a bus and travel together from one place
to another, meeting women along the way. What type of
Western man goes on these Bride Tours? The audience will
be divided in their opinions - some will see the men as
pathetic losers and some as brave romantic souls. During
the tour, most men are making plans to meet as many women
as possible: the trip is expensive and one should increase
his chances of finding a loving wife by diversifying the
portfolio. Michael, who has never had a date in his life
before Odessa, eventually loses track of how many girls he
"had an appointment with"; while Ramon, a charming smart
doctor, spends his whole trip with just one girl who he
met on the second day of the tour. Will this plan work?
The beautiful Galina, Ramon's girlfriend, gives us a
chance to understand the realities of living in Eastern
Europe as a single attractive woman and shows us exactly
how much perfume one must put on to attract the right man.
For some, these Western guys are a tool that would allow
them to either marry up and live in a better place. And at
the very least, buy an expensive pair of shoes!
But most guys are not saints either.
The film is shot in a sexy and stylized manner and the
mood is light and amusing, which reflects the attitudes of
our characters participating in this unusual experiment.
After the wild and crazy trip is over, only one couple
will stay together, but it is not the one you would have