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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Basilashvili ...
Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin
Natalya Gundareva ...
Nina Yevlampyevna Buzykina
Marina Neyolova ...
Alla Mikhaylovna Yermakova, Buzykin's Mistress
Evgeniy Leonov ...
Vasily Ignatyevich Kharitonov, Buzykin's Neighbor
Norbert Kuchinke ...
Bill Hansen, Danish Professor
Nikolay Kryuchkov ...
Uncle Kolya, Alla's Neighbor
Galina Volchek ...
Varvara Nikitichna
Olga Bogdanova ...
Yelena, Buzykin's Daughter (as O. Bogdanova)
Borislav Brondukov ...
Active Car Accident Witness (as B. Brondukov)
Vladimir Grammatikov ...
Yevgeny Ptashuk, Alla's Friend (as V. Grammatikov)
Dmitri Matveyev ...
Viktor, Buzykin's Son-in-Law (as D. Matveyev)
Vadim Medvedev ...
(as V. Medvedev)
Nikita Podgorny ...
Georgy Nikolayevich Verigin (as N. Podgorny)
Vladimir Pozhidayev ...
Aggressive Van Driver (as V. Pozhidayev)
Lyudmila Ivanova ...
(as L. Ivanova)
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Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin, who makes a living by teaching at an institute and translating English literature, is cheating on his wife. Buzykin's main problem is that he's a kind man with a weak character. The lies he is telling his wife all the time are inconvincing, but he never has the courage to tell her the truth. His lover, Alla, is aware of his family life, but gets offended when, for example, he cannot meet her so that he doesn't come home late, or when he doesn't want to go home in a new jacket she gives him to avoid having to explain to his wife. Alla and Nina, Andrei's wife, both leave him, forgive him, and return to him at the same time, and Andrei continues with this kind of life, full of suffering and deceit. Finally, both women are so fed up with his lies that they don't believe him even when he is telling the truth... Written by Denis Chebikin <chebikin@mit.edu>

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23 November 1979 (Finland)  »

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Autumn Marathon  »

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[first lines]
Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin: "For whom would nature exist with no one to behold her?" Question mark. "With no one to feel the swirling snow blowing ever colder?" Question mark. "No one to fear the thunder with its mighty roar?" Question mark. "No one to greet the wind blowing from afar?" Question mark. "No one to hear the waves lapping at the shore?" Question mark. "No one to scan the sky to spy the falling star?"
Alla Mikhaylovna Yermakova - Buzykin's Mistress: Question mark.
Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin: "For no one... for herself... for a lark." What? What is it?
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Shto stoish, kachayas
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Russian folk song
Based on a poem by Ivan Surikov (uncredited)
Performed by Oleg Basilashvili (uncredited) and Natalya Gundareva (uncredited)
First song sung by Buzykin and his wife when Viktor and Yelena tape them
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A sad comedy
21 November 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film takes a while to get going, but once it does it's a pretty good film. I strongly recommend it to those who'd like to see how ordinary people lived in the USSR in the early 80s.

The film takes place in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), which is Russia's second largest city after Moscow. The cinematographer is this film is a very good one, and there are a lot of great compositional shots... I'd say that the cinematography in this film seems more western than a lot of other Russian films. The editing work and script, by contrast, is not always so good, especially in the beginning of the film (for the first 1/2 hour I didn't even know who the main character was!). The actors are all very believable though, and by the end of the film I pretty much understood everything that I was so confused about at first.

This film isn't a traditional comedy; it's more of a sad morality tale told with some humour to keep it from becoming depressing. If you liked "Moscow Does not Believe in Tears", you may like this movie as well. Interesting to note is that the director was female (EDIT: Sorry folks, he's male. I assumed that the director was Russian, in which case a last name ending with "a" would signify a female).

Overall, I'd give it a 7/10. Westerners may want to watch this if they want to see a "typical" Soviet movie from the last half of the century. Most critics only notice the more "avant garde" movies of Soviet cinema like "Andrei Rublev" or "Battleship Potemkin", and that becomes people's impression of what Russian movies are like. This is for those who want to see a simple movie about a man's life that can be pretty much universal anywhere; there is no over-the-top patriotism or strangeness in this film and it's a good film regardless.

BTW, the Russian voices are better than the English voice-overs.


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