According to School of Seduction, working-class women have few options in patriarchal Russia, and all of them involve finding a man. To aid young ladies in that quest, there are seduction schools where they can learn the timeless art of bumping, grinding and butt-wiggling their way into a prospective partner’s heart and pants – in particular, the pocket where he keeps his wallet.
Focused on a trio of women navigating this warped and sexist landscape, Alina Rudnitskaya’s documentary is an eye-opening snapshot of gender dynamics in modern Russia. Praised by President Vladimir Putin as a place where “a man is a man and a woman is a woman,” it’s a country that instills in its female population the belief that independence is a pathway to ostracization and sorrow, and that marriage and parenthood is the primary means by which happiness can be attained. As a result, there can be no greater aim than to land a man willing to put a literal ring on it – regardless of whether love is also part of the matrimonial package.
That’s where the schools of seduction come in.
Nick Schager, The Daily Beast
Name in Original Language: School of Seduction
Director: Alina Rudnitskaja
Cinematography: Alina Rudnitskaja, Alexander Demyanenko, Fedor Bakulin
Editing: Cathrine Ambus
Music: Karwan Marouf
Production: Danish Documentary
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