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Mirror for a Hero (1988)
"Zerkalo dlya geroya" (original title)

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Two not quite similar men, our contemporaries, Sergey Pshenichny and Andrew Nemchinov, are walking in the street in their native miners town and found themselvesin 1949... See full synopsis »

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Sergey Koltakov
Ivan Bortnik
Boris Galkin
Natalya Akimova
Feliks Stepun
Yakov Stepanov
Viktor Smirnov
Nikolay Stotskiy
Sergei Parshin
Valentin Aronyan
Aleksandr Peskov
Yelena Kozlitina
Denis Tsys
Mikhail Chernobrovkin
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Two not quite similar men, our contemporaries, Sergey Pshenichny and Andrew Nemchinov, are walking in the street in their native miners town and found themselvesin 1949... See full synopsis »

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Wow, that's quite a Mirror!
30 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Proust meets "Groundhog Day" in a Donbass coal mining town of Stalinist Russia, with a soundtrack featuring Nautilus Pompilius doing "Goodbye America" – is it any wonder that Khotinenko's Mirror ranks as one of a half-dozen perestroika-era movies that have achieved must-see status for Russians, ex-Soviets, never-were-Soviets and the rest of us?

The high-dome version: Zerkalo/Mirror said two things well in 1987 and just as well today: (1) the past is more complex than you thought; and (2) you can't fix it but you can understand it better – which makes empathy possible and reconciliation within reach.

To describe much more is to deprive Mirror of some of its power to surprise, so enough said – OK, plus these extra credit questions: 1. Does the Mirror of the title reflect (as it were) A. Tarkovsky's Mirror of 1974? And 2. Is somebody trying to further Perestroika II by putting Perestroika I movies like this one on prime-time Moscow TV so frequently of late, as the reports have it? Isn't that a nice conspiracy theory to contemplate, for a change?


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