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The Girls (1961)

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Tonya has just graduated from the trade school and found a job as a cook in a Siberian village. She is naive but open hearted and kind. When Ilya starts flirting with her she takes it as a ... See full summary »

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Nadezhda Rumyantseva ...
Tosya
Nikolai Rybnikov ...
Ilya
Lyusyena Ovchinnikova ...
Katya
Stanislav Khitrov ...
Filya
Inna Makarova ...
Nadya
Svetlana Druzhinina ...
Anfisa
Nina Menshikova ...
Vera
Nikolay Pogodin ...
Sasha
Mikhail Pugovkin ...
Commandant
Anatoli Adoskin ...
Dementyev
Viktor Bajkov ...
Ksan Ksanych (as V. Bajkov)
Roman Filippov ...
Vasya
Aleksey Krychenkov ...
Alyosha (as A. Krychenkov)
Pyotr Kiryutkin
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Tonya has just graduated from the trade school and found a job as a cook in a Siberian village. She is naive but open hearted and kind. When Ilya starts flirting with her she takes it as a true romance only to discover that Ilya had a bet with his friends to seduce her. She stops talking with him but Ilya has already fallen in love with her. Written by Konstantin Dlutski <kedlutski@mailexcite.com>

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Although playing an 18 year old girl, the actress playing Tosya is actually over 30 years old and older than her counterpart playing Ilya. See more »

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[last lines]
Ilya: Now you should kiss me. I kissed you so many times but you didn't even once.
Tosya: Ilyushka, what are you saying? You're scaring me.
[brightens up]
Tosya: I'll do it later! Otherwise we'll do everything today and there will be nothing left for tomorrow.
Ilya: There will be a lot. Go ahead.
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A sophisticated romantic comedy
26 August 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a very lighthearted comedy set in a forestry working settlement in Siberia. All the single workers live together in dormitories, and during the day they also work together.

Our 18 year old heroine, Tosya, has just arrived from Crimea, where it is not as cold, and is rather naïve, and rather unprepared for the climate and the situation.

Ilya and Filya, are single young men and rivals - they are best workers in the settlement, and leaders of their teams. And being young men they enjoy competing with each other in everything - including love. So, when Tosya first makes her appearance, Ilya and Filya make a bet for a fur hat, that she will fall in love with Ilya within two weeks.

Thus the comedy starts, and follows the trajectory of many Romantic Comedies.

What sets this from other Romantic Comedies is that is manages to avoid maudlin sentimentality, and also makes many observations and subtle social criticisms.

Love and marriage is not put on a pedestal, and married life is not the "happy ever after". The girls have discussions about what love is, and what is sufficient for love Vera has separated husband, and we are introduced to her burning his letters in the dormitory oven.

Nadya has reached the age of 28 and is unmarried, so is accepting marriage to Ksan Ksanych, an unattractive manager: the comment is that at that age, a woman would be happy to marry a goat. Although to be fair to Ksan, he obviously loves her and dotes on her in his awkward way.

Anfisa, the most beautiful woman in the settlement,realises that although all the boys like spending time with her, the do not necessarily love her, but want her as a trophy.

An example of the social commentary is that Nadya's finané, Ksan, is delaying their marriage until they have a flat to move into together. Housing shortages were a common problem at the time in the Soviet Union and such a decision was common. And sometimes people would have marriages delayed a couple years due to random decisions of the local authorities.

The only criticism of this film is technical - there are some editing inconsistencies, but it is a gem of a film.


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