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Peculiarities of the National Hunt (1995)

Osobennosti natsionalnoy okhoty (original title)
A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Ville Haapasalo ... Raivo (as Ville Khaapasalo)
Viktor Bychkov ... Kuzmich
Sergey Russkin ... Sergei Olegovich
Aleksey Buldakov ... General
Semyon Strugachyov ... Lyova Soloveychik
Sergey Kupriyanov ... Kachalov
Sergei Guslinsky ... Semyonov
Igor Sergeev Igor Sergeev ... Count
Igor Dobryakov ... Nobleman
Yury Makusinsky Yury Makusinsky ... Hunter
Zoya Buryak
Boris Cherdyntsev Boris Cherdyntsev ... Commandant
Aleksandr Zavyalov ... Ensign
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksey Poluyan ... Zaderzhannyy
Aleksandr Vasiliev Aleksandr Vasiliev ... Pilot
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A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include an Army general, with more than a passing resemblance to Aleksander Lebed, a police detective, local forest ranger (a devotee of Zen Buddhism) and some big-city types from St. Petersburg. Inevitably, their good intentions soon give way to endless drinking, visits to local farm girls and much else besides. Written by Maywin Media AB <maywin@mbox200.swipnet.se>

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French | German | English | Finnish | Russian

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6 October 1996 (Russia) See more »

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Osobennosti natsionalnoj okhoty v osennij period See more »

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As Raivo gets acquainted with the group, one of them cracks that the Russian elephant is the best friend of the Finnish elephant, a line which leaves the Finn completely bewildered. This is a reference to a well-known Soviet joke poking fun at academics whose adherence to the party line often resulted in nonsense. The joke: Competing to write a book on African elephants, a Frenchman produces a volume on the love lives of elephants; a German writes a 21-volume series titled "A Brief Introduction to the African Elephant", and the Soviet writer comes up with just one sentence: "The African elephant is the best friend of the Soviet elephant." See more »

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Referenced in Kreml-9: Osobennosti natsionalnoy okhoty (2004) See more »

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A comedy to everyone's liking
25 September 2000 | by hmsgroopSee all my reviews

As soon as the comedy was released it became a nation-wide success in Russia. It is brilliant in every way: the plot, the actors, the spirit of merrymaking - all this makes the comedy a national favourite. The comedy allows Russians to have a good laugh at themselves as it highlights popular Russian beliefs, makes fun of the fabulous Russian vodka-drinking and spinning yarn stories of hunters. The whole cast of actors has immediately become tremendously popular. It is a kind comedy, without excessive use of four-letter words though not entirely without them. As far as the plot is concerned the story goes on like this: a group of friends (an army general, police investigator, a writer, a young intellectual, a Finn and a forester) are about to go hunting. The Finn is eager to see a real Russian hunt with borzois, horsemen, aristocratic finery. In reality his companions drink a lot while getting ready for the hunt, get into uproariously funny straits, send a cow flying in a super modern bomber, hunt the said cow and so on. If you have a chance to see it, don't miss it. The comedy is worth seeing even if you are not a Russian. Hunters will be hunters everywhere and they will always spin yarns.


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