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.
Olga Voznesenskaya is a silent screen star whose pictures are so popular that underground revolutionaries risk capture to see them. She's in southern Russia filming a tear-jerker as the ... See full summary »
Early in the 20th century, family and friends gather at the country estate of a general's widow, Anna Petrovna. Sofia, the new wife of Anna's step-son, recognizes Misha, the brother-in-law ... See full summary »
St. Petersburg, mid 19th century: the indolent, middle-aged Oblomov lives in a flat with his older servant, Zakhar. He sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his childhood on his parents' ... See full summary »
Cinematographic adaptation of classical Russian play "Dowry-less" by A. Ostrovsky. Noble but poor widow seeks to arrange marriage for her three daughters. She maintains "open house" or ... See full summary »
Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things... See full summary »
Ilya Semenovich Melnikov is a history teacher in an ordinary Soviet high school. He is a very good teacher and his students and colleagues treat him with a great deal of respect. However, ... See full summary »
The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ... 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.
Platon Ryabinin, a pianist, is traveling by train to a distant town of Griboedov to visit his father. He gets off to have lunch during a twenty minute stop at Zastupinsk railway station. He... See full summary »
very talented film about family life in Soviet Union
Although I'm not a great admirer of Nikita Mikhalkov's films on the whole, this film is a masterpiece. It is a very true picture of complex family relationships in the last decade of Soviet era. Plot and actors' performances are brilliant, many scenes became classical (I can only name three: family quarrell when granddaughter's dancing in earphones, while her mother and grandmother are shouting at each other; Nonna Mordukova and Yury Bogatyrev as mother and son-in-law dancing in the restaurant - absolutely epic!; and final scene at the railroad station when mother and daughter argue and reconcile, mother's going to leave but stays in the end). Nonna Mordukova plays middle aged woman Maria from the village who goes to visit her daughter living in a city (it's not named in the film, most scenes were filmed in Dnepropetrovsk; runners on the stadium in Kiev and restaurant in Pushchino in Moscow region, known as a biological research center). She finds out daughter's going to divorce her husband, who's having a love affair with a young girl. When she tries to put things in order, it turns out even worse, so she has to give it up. Her own family is also broken, she's lost sight of her ex-husband long ago. While in town she finds him in a miserable state ruined by drinking. His second wife and and son don't want to contact him. Maria pities him and believes that he wants to come back to her and return to the village. She waits him at the station, but he doesn't come and later she finds him drunk at his son from the second marriage sending off to army service. At the railway station she meets her daughter and granddaughter, two woman reconcile at last though they can't stop arguing. That makes the final scene not melodramatic as it could be, if this film wasn't so realistic. Though the story is rather sad, it's not altogether black, and contains a lot of humor. I think it may be quite difficult for people who never lived in Soviet Union to watch this film, but it's really worth it. Those who remembers that time may notice a lot of very true and funny details beginning from Maria's permanent wave in a "kolchoz style" and her T-shirt with Olympic emblem or typical wedding celebration in the second-rate restaurant;)
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?