A movie about two high school kids who meet in class and fall madly in love with each other. Unfortunately, His father and her mother had a history of their own between them which creates ... See full summary »
A movie about two high school kids who meet in class and fall madly in love with each other. Unfortunately, His father and her mother had a history of their own between them which creates uneasiness in both of them. Also because of that, the boy's mother is very jealous and tries to separate them. The only person that tries to help them is their teacher who has relationship problems of her own. Written by
Boris Shafir <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ilya Frez's simple yet lovely film is something that's a rarity now.
Love And Lies became a success in the Soviet Union mostly thanks to the actors involved. The casting is nearly perfect. Tatiana Aksyuta received most of the praise for her portrayal of the schoolgirl Katya Shevchenko. She looks very sweet in this film, especially when she's wearing glasses. She's a beautiful brunette but her beauty is captured best in the 1989 film Savraska. When filming began Aksyuta was 23 years old, but she passed as a schoolgirl. There are scenes, however, when she looks too sophisticated for a high school student. Aksyuta retired from acting in the early-1990s. She had a few notable film roles, including Martha in The Story Of The Voyages (1983). Still, most people know about her only because of her role as the schoolgirl Katya. Nikita Mihailovsky was 16 during the shoot. I'd say that his acting is just as good and maybe even better than Aksyuta's. He's entirely believable as the well-meaning and honest Roma Lavochkin. In addition to the pure romance of Katya and Roma there's a subplot about their saddened literature teacher Tatiana Koltsova, played by Yelena Solovey. In the supporting cast Albert Filozov stands out the most. As Roma's father he is a voice of reason. The film is based on the novel Roman And Julia by Galina Shcherbakova. It was named the best film of 1981 in a poll by the magazine Soviet Screen. Love And Lies is an educational melodrama, the kind that's rarely released nowadays. I recommend it.
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