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Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
"Moskva slezam ne verit" (original title)

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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.

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Vera Alentova ...
Katerina 'Katia' Tikhomirova
Irina Muravyova ...
Lyudmila Gurina
Aleksey Batalov ...
Georgi 'Gosha'
Raisa Ryazanova ...
Antonina
Aleksandr Fatyushin ...
Sergei 'Serioja' Gurin
Boris Smorchkov ...
Nikolai
Viktor Uralskiy ...
Nikolai's Father
Valentina Ushakova ...
Nikolai's Mother
Yuri Vasilyev ...
Rodion 'Rudolph' Rachkov
Yevgeniya Khanayeva ...
Rachkov's Mother
Zoya Fyodorova ...
Hostel's Security
Natalya Vavilova ...
Alexandra Alexandrovna - Katia's daughter
Liya Akhedzhakova ...
Olga Pavlovna - the Club's Director
Oleg Tabakov ...
Vladimir 'Volodia' - Katerina's Lover
Vladimir Basov ...
Anton Kruglov
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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love. Written by <alik@ipsun.ras.ru>

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$900,000 (estimated)
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Finnish certificate # 88864 delivered on 29-1-1981. See more »

Quotes

Lyudmila Gurina: Don't cry.
Lyudmila Gurina: You know what Moscow thinks of tears.
Lyudmila Gurina: We shouldn't be sitting around, we should do something.
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Performed by Tatyana Nikitina and Sergey Nikitin
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Small Theme with a Big Heart
1 February 2000 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Culturally interesting since this occurs in a Communist country that US propaganda gave little insight on the values and realities of the people. We see idealistic poets who say the older generation made mistakes, women promoted to executive positions, a film produced by the State yet approaching sexual themes, Western idolization, the drudgery of repetitive industrial work, and class distinctions between the haves and have-nots.

Also of interest is the protagonist's view of herself. Without revealing plot twists, it is suffice to say that a woman is socially seen as submissive to the man. This is a shock to Western sensibilities of women's equality, especially as we see her ordeals as a result of a man's selfishness and dominance. What is revealing is that she, herself does not rebel against the System. She works within the parameters, creates her own success, and becomes transformed.

Being Western, I found myself questioning whether she had truly achieved something. The crown of achievement, we are taught, is independence, equality. Whereas she achieved that in a career and in her lifestyle, in her heart, she yearned for a man, to be the little wife, and to submit herself to a patriarchal marriage. But, in the end, who are we to judge another's happiness?


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