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Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi ... See full summary »

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Pyotr Zaychenko ...
Shlykov
Vladimir Kashpur ...
Old Nechiporenko
Natalya Kolyakanova ...
Christina
Hal Singer ...
Himself
Elena Safonova ...
Nina, Liocha's Wife
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Evgeniy Gerchakov ...
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Dmitri Prigov ...
Writer Typing in the Train
Igor Zolotovitskiy ...
Petyunchik
Valeri Khlevinsky ...
Fat Kolya
Elena Stepanova ...
Smart Young Girl
Vladimir Sterzhakov ...
Musician in the Taxi
Konstantin Afonsky ...
Long-Haired Mechanic
Aleksandr Buyanov ...
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Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi stiffs Ivan for the fare, so Ivan tracks him down and a love-hate relationship ensues. When Alexi lets the bath water run over in Ivan's flat and Ivan must pay 500 rubles for repairs, he tries to force Alexi into day labor to repay him. It's hopeless. Then, suddenly, Alexi is discovered, goes on a jazz tour of America, becomes a celebrity, and returns in triumph. Ivan longs to renew the friendship, and it looks as if he may get what he wants. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 63th Academy Awards in 1991. See more »

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In the opening sequence, the guy with the blue palm tree shirt waves his hands hypnotist style in front of a woman. Her position in the seat changes between shots. See more »

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the two faces of modern Russia
6 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The past collides with the present in this unflinching portrait of life behind the late Iron Curtain, showing the often antagonistic relationship between a half-mad, free-spirited saxophone player and his older, old-fashioned alter ego, a hack who has seen too many changes through the window of his Moscow cab. Alexei's exuberant, non-conformist energy is the catalyst for the drama but this is clearly Ivan's film, and the story matches his often irrational mood changes while staying remarkably true to its characters, presenting both archetypes in three not altogether appealing dimensions (Ivan is a traditional anti-Semite; Alexei is an irresponsible deadbeat). The film conveys with almost naked candor the seamier side of the new Moscow subculture, adding a somewhat veiled accusation of moral corruption and decadence in the social reforms of Perestroika. The imagery is often arresting, but if the film is critical of Western influence it isn't entirely immune to them, and it's disconcerting to see the story end in a routine car chase slapped together from what look like outtakes from a William Friedkin movie.


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