Wow. I've watched a dozen or so Soviet fairy tale movies, but this one beats most, if not all.
Of course it's old. 45 years, to be precise. But it has a magic that defies age. The adventures of the young tsarevich and his apparently teenage mother start when they are sealed into a barrel, to travel to a magic tsardom in the sea.
There he meets many wondrous things, including a humanoid swan, a squirrel producing gold and emeralds, 33 giant soldiers from the deep blue sea, the young tsar turning into a mosquito...
The story is very weird, but ends well in a grand family reunion - I suppose, they are reported to live happily ever after.
Thanks to SuperIllu for bringing this DVD to German news-stands today. A very very worthy experience. 9/10.
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