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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

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 ...
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Tamara Plashenko ...
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Storyline

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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Still a highly valuable movie that deserves a second look
23 December 2014 | by (Northern Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I was going through my box of old VHS films and this one caught my eye again. It's about Ukrainians going through the post Soviet breakup and the adjustments they were making. Since then, Ukraine has continued to go through hardships including war with Russia. These hardships are nothing new. Ukraine has had a tough time for centuries including war with Poland, Catherine the Great and Soviet genocide.

These have left a lasting scar upon the psyche of the country.

The film's plot is contrived and not meant to be taken too realistically. It's about showing the different characters and the stoic, cynical, confused, and random gestures of kindness in their daily lives. The brutal way that the businessmen speak is common. Some people are amazingly spiritual such as the character Marina who almost glows with a light of love and beauty and the assassin who fishes by a lake. Nearly all the characters are fractured and broken but likable in their own way. Even the brutal businessman who pays Anatoli for his translation services and asks for change for a twenty has a rather amusing side to him if you care to look.

With the controversy in Ukraine, this is a dark, somber and thoughtful film for someone to get a glimpse of these amazing people.


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