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Mermaid (1997)

Rusalka (original title)
An elderly monk, while training the young novice who will succeed him, recalls the mysterious lost love of his past - just as his young successor appears to be encountering her himself.

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Aleksandr Petrov
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Evgeniya Smolyaninova Evgeniya Smolyaninova ... (singing voice) (as Yevgeniya Smolyaninova)
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Storyline

In spring, during the ice drift, a young monk sees a mermaid in the river for the first time. Then she appears to him again, wanting to drag him under the water. Another monk, an elderly man, seeing this, understands that a mermaid is a girl who had been deceived by him in his youth and drowned. When a mermaid tries to drown a young monk during a thunderstorm, the old man enters into a fight with her, and both die. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

February 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mermaid See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (in selected theatres)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Grand Prix at the 1997 Espinho International Film Festival (Portugal). See more »

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Version of Rusalka (2002) See more »

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Utterly breathtaking
30 December 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As somebody who's very fond of Russian animation, Rusalka(aka Mermaid) has to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating of any Russian animated film or short. The high point is the animation, it is hard to put into words how truly gorgeous it is, not only is an animation style unlike any seen before in animation(oil paints on glass) but every frame and movement flows so smoothly it's almost dream-like. There is so much atmosphere in the setting, and the vast details and the way the colours are used were a visual feast. The music is soothing, almost like it's coming from a distance, and wisely sparingly used, while the sound effects are truly evocative and add so much to that magical dream-like effect. While it is understandable why anybody would have difficulty following the story(particularly if you are unfamiliar with the Slavic folklore tale it's based on), it wasn't a problem for me and the hauntingly gentle mood conveyed in the short is really to be admired, while the ending was incredibly poignant and stayed with me for a while after. The characters are very well drawn and expressively characterised(facial expressions and gestures rather than vocal, particularly good in this regard was for Rusalka) and carry Rusalka beautifully. In conclusion, a breathtaking Russian short film. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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