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I happened to be watching the International Channel the other night (gotta
love it!) and this movie came on. At first I didn't think I'd like it
because it was set in the early 1900s and it didn't seem too interesting,
but I kept watching for some reason. I'm really glad I did because this
movie was great. Here's the I-channel's summary of it:
St Petersburg, 1907. The young and carefree Natalia should be perfectly happy. She has a handsome little boy, a rich husband who allows her to live as she chooses and lovers who desire her. Yet, a chance encounter with a stranger forever alters her peaceful life. Echoing Natalia's secret desire for independence, her husband is murdered that very same night.
I don't want to give too much away, but this movie was beautifully written and I would recommend it to anyone.
A important film not only for beauty, script or acting but for the
delicate art to transmit the original form of Russian soul. The details
like pieces of a fascinating mosaic of expectation, illusions and
regrets. The stranger like butcher of chimeric life in which every day
makes a delicate and secret sense for ordinary existence.
Flavor from Chekhov atmosphere, shadows from Nina Berberova's art, parts of Lyudmila Ulietskaya's vision, memories from Dostoevsky deep tensioned silence, drops Mikhail Bulgakov are elements to recreate a world very soft, fragile and suffocated by ambiguous passion.
Not the Slavic air is important, not the words with Anna Karenina's similar sound, but the discover of a magnificent world grace of superb Sandrine Bonnair interpretation.
"Ispoved neznakomtsu" is a beautiful sad story but, more important is exploration of sensitivity of a strange, charming world.
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