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Yuriy Dubrovin ...
Filipp Safronov
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 ...
Makhotin
Galina Zolotaryova ...
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Oleg Mokshantsev ...
Simavin
Vyacheslav Kulakov ...
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M. Kostina
Nikolai Pozdnyakov
V. Smirnov
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Slapstick in slow motion
8 December 2004 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Having read the few other comments i have clearly missed most of the Russian cultural significance and jokes in this film. However, as a new zealander who enjoys all kinds of film i saw this at one of our festivals and absolutely loved it.

as mentioned in the title, to a non Russian eye it moved like slapstick in slow motion. Plenty of accessible deadpan, morose humour was on show as well as some great backdrops and scenery.

i particularly enjoyed the long close-up shot/scene on the farm four wheel motorcycle thing. funny how such a pastoral setting can become so surreal.

towards the end it seemed to change gear and moved quite quickly to black comedy and on into b-grade style action - with an explosion and getaway worthy of ed wood. amongst all this is still managed to be quite gripping and had me keyed in wondering how their quest would turn out.

If you liked this film I would suggest seeing:

American Astronaut, The Beaver Trilogy

Definitely worth a look if you like something a bit different. Jacob.


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