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Love and Doves (1985)

Lyubov i golubi (original title)
Injured on the job Vasily Kuzyakin gets a ticket to the resort. There he meets femme fatale Raisa Zakharovna, and once under the charm, moves to live with her. Unfortunately, a new life is not all that sweet as dreamed hapless Vasily.




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Cast overview:
Aleksandr Mikhaylov ...
Nina Doroshina ...
Raisa Zakharovna
Sergey Yurskiy ...
Dyadya Mitya
Natalya Tenyakova ...
Granny Shura
Yanina Lisovskaya ...
Lyuda (as Yana Lisovskaya)
Igor Lyakh ...
Lada Sizonenko ...


As a result of a work accident in a remote Siberian village, Vasily Kuziakin receives an injury and a paid trip to a Black Sea resort as a compensation. There he meets a femme fatale, Raisa Zaharovna, and decides to stay with her. Such is the beginning of a new life for him, exciting and strange, but lacking his home, his wife Nadya, his children, and his pigeons. Written by datsdan07@gmail.com

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7 January 1985 (Soviet Union)  »

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1.37 : 1
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A fraction of Raisa Zaharovna's monologues about esoterica was cut out. See more »


Dyadya Mitya: Exuse me that I disturbed you, when you hid your money...
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birds of paradise and not-so-paradise
12 August 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Vladimir Menshov's "Lyubov i golubi" (alternately called "Love and Pigeons" and "Love and Doves" in English) looks at the mishaps that ensue after a family man goes to a resort and has an affair. I understand that, despite the image of the ideal Soviet family man, plenty of men in the USSR had affairs. You can bet money that the same thing was going in the US (trust me, the United States and Soviet Union had more in common than they liked to admit). Basically, Vasiliy is attracted to Raisa's kindness, she to his knowledge, and the movie brings up the issue of whether or not marriage is a form of slavery.

Of course, it's possible to simply laugh at the absurd situation that the movie depicts. I liked it. I wonder what Alfred Hitchcock would have thought of this use of birds in a movie.

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Such a wonderful film - Is the English title translation correct? kosmikino
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