The action of this film opens in a tiny Soviet village by the sea, in the years before the Second World War. A very young girl, Vera, falls madly in love with an older military officer who ... See full summary »
The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end.
Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow general Khrapov was killed and no one else but ... See full summary »
With the battle line far away in the east, three soldiers who have managed to escape from captivity find it difficult to hide. An old man offers to help them because one of them, the sniper, is his son.
During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.
The conductor goes with the orchestra to Jerusalem to execute the oratorio "Passion according to St.Matthew". But tours are wrapped in the tragedy. The black sun of Jerusalem unmasks with ... See full summary »
Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last ... See full summary »
The film is set during 1962 in Sevastopol, Crimea, then a secret Navy Base in the Soviet Union. General Serov (Stupka) hires Viktor (Petrenko), a cadet from the Kremlin Guard to work as his private chauffeur. In a jet-black "ZIM" limo, Viktor is chauffeuring the General's disabled daughter Vera (Babenko). Viktor is oblivious to the hidden agenda of the KGB agent Saveliev (Panin), who manipulates everyone behind the scenes in the old rivalry between the Army and KGB.Written by
The film was the Official selection from Ukraine for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2005, but the Academy did not consider it for nomination because of Russia's large inputs in the movie production. See more »
Do you love me?
Sometimes I think that you don't.
So what, what should I do to make you believe? Jump from a rock? Shoot myself?
Just swear... swear in the name of mother. Well! You swear?
In the name of mother?
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I don't agree with previous writers that this film is a masterpiece or that it's hokum or that's it's a rerun of Burnt by the Sun. As a non-Russian, I found its evocation of the period (1962) enthralling & its depiction of characters multifaceted. The title character is torn by ambition (partly grounded by his upbringing) & attraction; the general is both ruthless & a loving father; the KGB man spins a web of intrigue but has integrity. Some,who are cleverer than I am, may have figured out what would happen next, but I couldn't. The camera work is gorgeous & made me want to visit the Crimea. Main drawback is the script's over-use of our old friend Coincidence. Even so, the film's pluses outweigh this minus & make it well worth seeing.
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