The anarchic spirit of the Czech New Wave is alive and well and living … in America? Give Me Liberty follows Vic, a young Russian-American who over the course of a hilarious, poignant and very wild day and night in Milwaukee, ferries disabled passengers to and from their appointments while he tries to deliver a boisterous gaggle of elderly mourners to a funeral.
Kirill Mikhanovsky’s startling film adopts the breakneck pace of the medical transport Vic navigates through innumerable obstacles and his début has the anecdotal freshness of a recent arrival looking in (think Milos Forman’s Taking Off). Marxist (of the Groucho variety) to the core, here’s a timely reminder that, for many, the American Dream remains as elusive as it is alluring. The film and its rambunctious ensemble stay with you long after the lights go on.
U.S., 2019, 110 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Kirill Mikhanovsky, Not Rated, Music Box Films