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ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natan Eidelman ...
Narrator (voice)
Anatoly Slivnikov ...
Ambal
German Shorr ...
Chir
Ilya Ivanov ...
Shar
Aleksandr Bashirov ...
Major
Viktor Tsoy ...
Himself
Sergei Ryzhenko ...
Himself
Timur Novikov ...
Himself
Andrei Krisanov ...
Himself
Georgi Guryanov ...
Himself (as G. Guryanov)
Kirill Kozakov ...
Platon Zubov
Aleksandr Domogarov ...
Alexander I
Dmitriy Dolinin ...
Paul I
Andrei Khalyavin ...
Boroda
Irena Kuksenaite ...
Boroda's Companion
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ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century assassination plot. Written by Andrew Obin <aobin@lehman.com>

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A rebellious gem of its time
11 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Assa is considered one of the greatest films of the post Soviet generation. The soundtrack is not very far from what we call hipster nowadays - divergence from the mainstream. There are many underground musicians that either contributed musically or artistically. Also, it focuses on a major issue that existed among the "perestroika youth". How to choose a life of honesty and civility, when corruption promises "white mountains". Who can we trust if not our government? What will be the future, what is important in a life? These are all the questions that this movie focuses on.

Assa is a film for and by the youth and by the counter culture of its time. Aside from relevant problems being raised in the movie (a rare thing of its time), the film has notable music (that is still remembered and loved today by the grown up counterculture) and hipster style that existed and lived in Soviet Union before it became popular in US.

If pre-perestroika and the mindset of different people during that time interests you, as well as learning about non-mainstream music and counterculture, this is the movie for you.


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