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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nikolay Olyalin ...
Kolka Poluyanov
Aleksei Pushkin ...
Panka Morozov
Aleksey Vanin ...
Vasili Perfilyev
Rimma Markova ...
Panka's Mother
Viktor Stepanov ...
The Master
Anatoliy Koshcheev ...
The Lykov Bros
Viktor Venes ...
The Lykov Bros
Aleksandr Vdovin ...
Galina Zolotaryova ...
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Oleg Mokshantsev ...
Vyacheslav Kulakov ...
Simavin's Son
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Nikolai Pozdnyakov
V. Smirnov


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Great style, good dark / ironic comedy
12 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I'll completely disagree with at least one of the comments that say that it's not a dark comedy. It most certainly is. This particular aspect comes from all the (largely off-screen or implied) violence, which is ALWAYS intended to be funny.

I will agree with all of the comments saying that non-Russians will not get it. It's true. In fact, the subtitles are quite bad... They really miss a lot of the meaning. More importantly, there is so much irony and there are so many references to Russian/Soviet culture that even the more ardent non-Eastern-European Russophile will miss a lot of what makes the movie so great.

On to the actual film-making: On the outside, it might seem like a "heavy" movie that's not for the average person, but - as is the case with most dark comedies - it comes out very light in the end. The pace might be a little slow at times, but it seems like this aspect is one of the many instances of parodies of old Soviet movies. As other reviewers have mentioned, a LOT of the movie's style is very Soviet-like - dark lighting (it might seem noir, but I'd argue that it's just how Soviet films were made), simple editing, amazing deadpan acting.

Simply put, if you know Russian or Soviet culture and cinema culture well enough, this is a very interesting and original movie. Otherwise, I doubt that you'll appreciate it too much.

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