Mischa Barton, Shantel VanSanten
Love and desire… it gets complicated.
Apparently getting this movie to audiences was complicated too, since by the time it came out the story of two girls who are impressed by iPods, flip phones and t.A.T.u. seemed incredibly dated.
The actual story
Lana Starkova (Barton) is a small town slaughter house worker who dreams of becoming a model. Janie Sawyer (VanSanten) is an ex-pat in Moscow who dreams of finding more drugs to take. The two become friends over a t.A.T.u. chat board. Them becoming lovers feels somewhat forced, which is appropriate for a movie obsessed with faux lesbians t.A.T.u. Also characters repeatedly switch from English to Russian in a single sentence, which is fairly annoying.
And the award for “Best Photoshop in a Russian Movie Poster” goes to… someone else!
The girls come over to a nouveau riche Russian’s house only to kick him out of his own rotating bed and then have “the greatest moment of their lives.”
VanSanten curled up naked in a bathtub.
Beyond the film
Barton, no stranger to girl-on-girl kissing scenes, said of this film “It is so much easier to kiss a girl. You’re so much more relaxed filming than you are doing a guy-and-girl scene. You can relax and have a laugh about it, whereas if it’s a man you have to kiss, the whole thing’s a bit tense.”