In this movie we follow fate not a person but car: first Soviet Lada. It starts with Brezhnev daughter and then gradually moves on parallel to last years of USSR into wild after-perestroika years with bandits and newly born oligarchs.
Two men and a woman happen to meet in a bar. We learn from their conversations both the intriguing and banal details of their lives. But is anyone really telling the truth? From the meat ... See full summary »
New Year in Russian - controlled and ruthless element. While residents preparing for a major national holiday, Lenka Shabadinova works at kiosk till midnight. She does not even know that ... See full summary »
A mother wants to reunite with her twin daughters. A young couple marry in church, but immediately after the ceremony, God - or maybe the Devil, or maybe Blind Fate - tests their love in ... See full summary »
A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel, a town by the Black Sea, to start a new life with the father's ... See full summary »
'The Role' is about a brilliant actor in revolutionary Russia who takes on the greatest role of his life - the role of another man. Influenced by the ideas of symbolism and the Silver Age, ... See full summary »
Winner of a Golden Plaque award at the Chicago International Film Festival "for its complex and poetic evocation of an ambiguous period in Soviet history," Marina Razbezhkina's debut film ... See full summary »
A man goes to see his former schoolmate working at a boiler house and persuades him to burn in the furnace the corpse of his communal flat neighbor whom he has just murdered after a quarrel... See full summary »
The unborn child of Mamlakat (Khamatova) is telling her story. She is 17, beautiful and vivacious, and dreaming secretly of becoming an actress. She lives with her father and brother (... See full summary »
Moscow in the late 1990s - the city without past or future. It is cleared of people and cars. It is sterile and empty. There is almost always a dark night in that Moscow and the only place alive is a night bar. Confusion, despair, drinking, joyless sex, nostalgia for the past, golden girls and boys of 70s, senseless conversations and long meaningful silence. The feast during the time of plague. This Moscow does not believe in tears, words, or promises and does not forgive the smallest mistakes. Chekhovian interiors, three beautiful women with the name of three sisters, Irina, Masha, and Olga. This time they are a mother and two daughters but the mother looks as young and beautiful as her daughters. Finally, they are in Moscow but it did not make them happy. The men in their lives, "new Russians", criminals who love Art and dream of Russian Ballet Renaissance and Artists who look and act like criminals. They sleep with some, marry the others, and love someone else. Money, a lot of money that comes and goes easily and disappears without a trace. What's next? I don't know. It is not my city anymore. What I do know that Alexander Zeldovich made a closest to masterpiece post-Soviet film. Not Zvyagintsev with "The Return", not Chukhrai with "The Thief", and certainly not Nikita Mikhalkvov with his postcard "The Barber of Siberia". If ever a movie reflects the dark time of the night watch, the time of absurdity, lack of logic and death of hopes - "Moskva" it is. The screenplay was written by one of the most popular, talented and notorious Russian writers, Vladimir Sorokin and it combines bleak criminal drama with Chekhov motives and very dark comedy. The cinematography and remakes of the old popular Soviet songs are works of geniuses, no more, no less. I don't mention acting - everyone had a role of their life.
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