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During the fall of the Soviet Union, a charismatic schemer convinces his four Russian university professor pals to plunge headlong into the newfound world of Western capitalism. A decade or so later, they're all major power brokers with ties to both the Kremlin and the Russian Mafia. It's your basic rise-and-fall saga but, unlike other Godfather-inspired outings, this one's pretty vague on the details of criminal and capitalistic enterprise. It's a lavish and lengthy portait of excess, but audiences may find themselves wishing for more historic and cultural details. In Russian with English subtitles. 123 minutes