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A Friend of the Deceased (1997)
"Priyatel pokoynika" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 May 1998 (USA)
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Tolla takes out a contract on himself and then changes his mind.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Lazarev ...
Anatoli
Anzhelika Nevolina ...
Katia
Elena Korikova ...
Marina
Tetyana Kryvytska Stang Lund ...
Lena / Vika (as Tatyana Krivitskaya)
Evgeniy Pashin ...
Dima
Sergey Romanyuk ...
Ivan (as Serhiy Romaniuk)
Anatoliy Mateshko ...
Boris
Konstantin Kostyshin ...
Kostia
Valentina Iliashenko ...
Barmaid
Rostislav Yankovskiy ...
Igor Lvovich
Aleksey Goncharenko ...
Vadim Semyonovich
Shubra Chakraborti
Elena Stefanska ...
Alissa
Boris Zelenetski ...
Photographer
Tamara Plashenko ...
Judge
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Tolla is an unemployed translator whose wife is leaving him. Despondent and weak, he submits to the suggestion of an acquantance to have a contract placed on the man that his wife is seeing. Instead, however, he arranges for the hit to be placed on himself. Before the contract is executed, he develops a relationship with a prostitute, and then changes his mind. In order to survive he takes the obvious course of action, which turns out to have possibly been unnecessary, and then he must deal with the guilt. Written by Thomas Barber

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$145,443 (USA) (29 May 1998)
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Weird and Pointless
24 November 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Kiev, Ukraine, the loser Anatoli (Aleksandr Lazarev) is a penniless unemployed translator and his wife is leaving him. When Anatoli meets by chance his former friend Dima (Evgeniy Pashin), he offers one thousand dollars to Anatoli to commit perjury in order that his boss gets the divorce from his wife. Further, he suggests that Anatoli hires the hit man Kostia (Konstantin Kostyshin) to assassin his wife's boyfriend. Anatoli is drunk and accepts the deal. However he regrets and he puts the contract on himself instead.

When Anatoli meets the prostitute Vika, a.k.a. Lena (Tatyana Krivitskaya), he changes his mind and hires the killer Ivan (Serhiy Romaniuk) to protect him. Ivan kills Kostia and Anatoli learns that he was married with Marina (Elena Korikova) and with a baby boy. Now Anatoli feels guilty and seeks out Marina to sympathize with her.

"Priyatel pokoynika" is one of those movies where the viewer fruitlessly expects that something will happen, but it won't. There are many promise premises to be explored but the story unfortunately goes nowhere. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O Amigo do Defunto" ("The Friend of the Defunct")


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