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Window to Paris (1993)

Okno v Parizh (original title)
Nikolai (played by Sergei Dontsov) has been fired from his job as a music teacher and has to live in the gym until he finds a place to stay. Finally, he gets a communal room in the ... See full summary »

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Nikolai Tchijov (as Serguéi Dontsov)
Viktor Mikhaylov ...
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Véra (as Nina Oussatova)
Kira Kreylis-Petrova ...
la belle-mére de Gorokhov (as Kira Kreylis-Pétrova)
Natalya Ipatova ...
la fille de Gorokhov
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Kouzmitch (as Victor Gogolév)
Tamara Timofeeva ...
Maria Olégovna (as Tamara Timofééva)
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Goulialév (as Andréi Ourgante)
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M. Prévost
Malka Ribowska ...
La dame en noir
Bernard Cassus-Soulanis ...
Le poseur d'alarmes
Vladimir Kaliche ...
Ivanov
Aleksei Zalivalov ...
Pétrov (as Alexéi Zalivalov)
Aleksei Kozodayev ...
Sidorov (as Alexéi Kozodaév)
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Nikolai (played by Sergei Dontsov) has been fired from his job as a music teacher and has to live in the gym until he finds a place to stay. Finally, he gets a communal room in the apartment of Gorokhov (Victor Mikhalkov). The room's previous inhabitant, an old lady, has died a year ago, and yet her cat, Maxi, is still in the locked room, healthy and fat. Soon, Nikolai and his neighbours discover the mystery: there is a window to Paris in the room. That's when the comedy begins - will the Russians be able to cope with the temptation to profit from the discovery? Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Russians out of the closet
7 May 2006 | by (Hillsdale, MI) – See all my reviews

A funny and scathing critique of Russian society and culture during the transition from communism, OKNO V PARIZH also shows the west in an unfavorable light. A group of Russians living in St. Petersburg (a.k.a. Peter the Great's "window on the west") find a magic portal that instantly transports them to Paris. Mamin's film is truly hilarious, and just "weird" enough constantly keep even the jaded film viewer on his toes. The songs, the dream sequences, and the deliciously disgusting fringes of society from both cultures mingle to create a memorable and meaningful film. Anyone trying to understand the shift in Russian cultural sentiments since the fall of the USSR should begin here.


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