A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Occasionally too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrey Myagkov ...
 Zhenya
Barbara Brylska ...
 Nadya
Yuriy Yakovlev ...
Aleksandr Shirvindt ...
 Pavel, Zhenya's Friend
Georgiy Burkov ...
 Misha, Zhenya's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liya Akhedzhakova ...
 Nadya's Friend
Aleksandr Belyavskiy ...
 Sasha
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya ...
 Zhenya's Mother
Olga Naumenko ...
 Galya
Gotlib Roninson ...
 Zhenya's Neighbour at the Airport
Eldar Ryazanov ...
 Zhenya's Neighbour in the Plane
Lyubov Sokolova ...
 Nadya's Mother
Valentina Talyzina ...
 Nadya / ... (voice)
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A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Occasionally too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of them (Sasha) has to go to Leningrad but another one (Zhenya) goes. Zhenya wakes up at Leningrad airport. Believing that he is still in Moscow he takes a taxi and goes home. The street name, building and even apartment number, the way an apartment complex looks the same and the key coincide completely - just typical Soviet-type 'economy' architecture. Imagine the surprise of Nadya when she enters her apartment and finds a man without trousers in her bed. What's more - Nadya's fiancé also finds him there... Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <kedlutski@mailexcite.com> and sergiek

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31 December 1975 (Soviet Union)  »

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Trivia

For the part of Ippolit, Oleg Basilashvili was cast originally. However, due to obligations on the Leningrad stage he could not participate in the film. Yuriy Yakovlev was cast instead. However, you can see Basilashvili's photo when Nadya picks it up from the snow. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Nadya takes a nightly stroll through Leningrad, there is a tram passing behind her. It is a tram of the MTB-82 series, which were only used in Moscow by 1975. See more »

Quotes

[Zhenya has just come back from chasing Ippolit]
Zhenya: I tried to chase him down, but he drove away... He drives faster than I run.
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Spoofed in Starye pesni o glavnom 3 (1998) See more »

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Ya sprosil u yasenya
Written by Mikael Tariverdiev and V.Kirshon
Performed by Sergey Nikitin
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Perfect encapsulation of the Russian spirit..
16 May 2005 | by (Ukraine) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. I watch it every 31st December with my family, and when I'm feeling down, I will put it on (even in the Summer, despite the movie being about New Year's Eve) and it'll instantly make me feel better.

The film, however, most probably, wouldn't be understood by the average foreigner. Let me explain..

Zhenya and his friends have a tradition of going to the "banya" (like a public bathing place) as a tradition every 31st of December. The celebration of Zhenya's engagement leads to all four men getting completely drunk. The dilemma, however, is that one of these men has to fly to Leningrad to celebrate New Year's Eve with his wife. By mistake, they send Zhenya to Leningrad. Being completely blacked out, Zhenya does not remember the flight or him getting a taxi when already in Leningrad. Coinsidently, the street on which Zhenya lives in Moscow exists in Leningrad as well. Zhenya, barely able to walk, enters the apartment building and makes his way up onto the 4th floor and opens the door with his key, and, without hesitating, makes himself comfortable and falls asleep on what he thinks is his bed.

A few minutes later, Nadya, a beautiful Russian woman, enters this same apartment - only it is really hers. Naturally, she is shocked to find a drunk stranger asleep on her bed. And her fiancé, who arrives shortly after, isn't thrilled to see drunk Zhenya either. The chemistry between Nadya and Zhenya grows as events begin to unravel...

The average foreigner will probably ask - "How is it possible that the apartment building and the apartment itself is identical to the one in Moscow? How could he even open the door with his key?" In Soviet times, buildings were built almost identically. There was no individuality. Flats looked the same. The furniture was the same. And, by luck, the key matched perfectly as well, although not surprisingly.

Anyway, this is a brilliantly funny, at times sad, film. It is a must see to anyone who is at least mildly interested in Russian people, culture or just the Russian way of life.


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