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Lady Into Lassie (1995)

Baryshnya-krestyanka (original title)
Based on a famous short story by Pushkin, this film tells of a youthful, innocent and pure love story that begins as a girlish joke. Liza is eager to get to know her young neighbour but ... See full summary »

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Elena Korikova ...
Elizaveta Muromskaya
Dmitriy Shcherbina ...
Alexey Berestov
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Grigoriy Muromsky
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Ivan Berestov
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Nastya (as Ekaterina Rednikova)
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Evgeniy Zharikov ...
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Natalya Gvozdikova ...
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Vadim Zakharchenko
Elena Kotikhina
Aleksei Shadkhin
Mariana Krakhmalyova
Oksana Samokhvalova
Ariadna Shengelaia ...
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Yuliya Artamonova
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Based on a famous short story by Pushkin, this film tells of a youthful, innocent and pure love story that begins as a girlish joke. Liza is eager to get to know her young neighbour but cannot do so as their fathers are not on speaking terms. Her response is simple and direct. With the help of her loyal servant Nastia, she dresses up as a peasant girl and goes pick mushrooms in the nearby woods.... Written by Maywin Media AB <maywin@mbox200.swipnet.se>

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This can't be the same Alexander Pushkin!
14 October 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the epitome of a movie that was probably written by ten monkeys working with ten typewriters for ten days/years. Rarely have I seen something so pathetic, worthless, and mind-numbing as the garbage that is "Baryshnya-krestyanka". If this was written by the Alexander Pushkin of whom I'm thinking, then this has got to be the most bungled attempt in movie history at translating a novel to the screen; Pushkin must spin in his grave every time that someone watches this.

Oh, I forgot to explain the plot (or lack thereof). It's about a young aristocrat wondering which man she is going to marry. You read that right; it's basically a Jane Austen story transposed to Russia. My only pleasure while watching it was throwing out "MST3K"-style comments. Among these were:

-After someone walks into a room with a new hairdo: "That's right. Give yourself a Yulia Tymoshenko hairdo." (in reference to the woman in Ukraine's government)

-While the girl was getting a bath: "So are we to understand that water sexually arouses her? Boy, she IS retarded!"

-While the girl and a hunter are eating berries: "Hey you meat-heads! Give the dog some berries! If you don't, I'll report you to PETA!"

Another time, I said that Owen Wilson was starring in the movie. This movie is so full of itself that there's nothing to do but throw out mean comments. I will be a better person if I can forget that I ever saw this flotsam. I should admit that I only watched it for a class; we all wrote reviews of it. I dedicated my review to Bob Denver, who had died a few days earlier.


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