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Vadik Chernyshov is an impoverished dreamer who spends his life drifting though Moscow with a video camera, hoping to shoot footage that will interest Western press agencies. He falls in love with the beautiful Helen, an English media executive, and subsequently they must contend with the barriers that their different backgrounds present. Written by Anonymous

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When filming "trolleybus on fire" scene the flame and temperature went unpredictably high to almost melt main trolleybus cable 3m above the ground and hence causing serious interruption in public transportation of the place. Fire-fighters presented on the set simply stopped filming process at certain point for security reasons despite director wanted more takes to be shot. See more »

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A fairly dull film whose real-life parallels were lost on me and it just didn't involve me
10 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Valdik and his friend Lyosha manage to film a bus on fire in the middle of town, they try to sell it to an international television company with offices in the area. They turn his tape down but it allows him to meet the beautiful Helen who vetted his tape. He decides to try and get more footage so he can try and sell it – or, more importantly, so that he can meet Helen again. In doing this he finds himself drawn into an eccentric Nationalist politician (Yavorsky), who demands more and more attention from him despite the station not being that interested but, out of his control, he finds himself deeper than he had planned to go to get Helen.

I knew nothing of this film when I taped it and it was only two things that made me bother: a) the fact that it was on BBC4, a channel that has delivered many great films to me over the past few months, and b) the fact that it was supposedly good enough to attract Friel to make it part of her career move into films. It opening interestingly enough and I was curious to see where it went but I was surprised to find it picked up threads that didn't actually go anywhere. It was described as a romantic drama and it was mis-sold – it is not romantic and the very vague romantic thread is barely present for very long. What it does do is seem to make some parallels with real life that I didn't totally get and, as a result, didn't get involved one bit in the rest of the film. Maybe this is my fault for not knowing a great deal about the Chechen situation but surely the film should hang together without this knowledge – or even help those without this knowledge to take a slight understanding from this film. Some other viewers may have a greater understanding of the situation and thus have understood the film but it is still a weakness that it just seemed unwilling or unable to help the casual viewer 'get it'.

The cast are fairly non-descript – maybe partly as a result of me not getting into the film. The late Sergei Bodrov (killed young in an accident) has no real presence and can't seem to get a hold of his character for more than a few minutes at a time. Friel is barely in it and brings nothing to it – do an internet search on this film and you'll only find references to her being naked, few to the film itself! Ilyin overplays his character and I'm told that it was based on a real person (who I don't know) – he has a large character but I just didn't get into his thread at all (again maybe me not knowing what it was playing on) and his efforts appear silly rather than part of something.

Overall this was not an awful film but I do consider myself to have wasted 90 minutes. It didn't do anything of value and I never got into the story at any point truth be told. I concede that maybe I just didn't have the knowledge necessary to enjoy this film but I do feel that the film could have still stood on its own with this knowledge if it were any good or even it could have educated the casual viewer about the situation it seemed to be hinting at. The fact that it did neither of these things was just further proof to me of how it had failed and I was so bored by the end of it that nothing in the final 10 minutes ever made me react. Maybe this is Friel's revenge for all the teenagers who have watched her in things like this just to see her naked/kiss a girl/show her bum etc – making them watch a poor Russian film just to see a little bit of skin!


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