A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment ... See full summary »
Tamara and Sasha were separated during the war. Now (1957) Sasha is visiting Moscow for five days and by chance recognizes the house where Tamara used to live. She is still living there with her nephew Slava.
In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Red army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating soviet troops cross the bridge. ... See full summary »
Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the ... See full summary »
Young Siberian writer Volodya meets Kolya in the Moscow metro in his visit to a famous author. Volodya and Kolya's friend Sasha adventure their love interests in their own way, while Kolya sets out to help them.
The hero of the film is an insurance agent who is also a car thief. He steals cars only from various crooks and never from the good people. Then he sells those stolen cars and gives all the... See full summary »
This film is just a knockout punch. The lead is played by Shukshin himself. His character is a wiry ex-con Egor trying hard to keep himself in line. The setting is Shukshin's milieu of choice - faraway Russian (Altay) villages. Basically, the kind of places where you could get beat up for using the word "milieu." The story relates the attempts by Egor to stay clear of trouble and to make a new life for himself. But there's no new life to be had, of course. It's a tragedy but you know early on where it's headed. In the meantime, though, Shukshin is absolutely electrifying. His language, his mannerisms transcend mere acting. Here's a Man, an original. He doesn't need The Method. And I can't even reduce this story to some simple indictment of Soviet life. Politics do not create lasting art. This film is about being on the outside, about being an honest animal. That's a tragic path in any society.
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