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Potomu chto mama (2001)

 -  Short | Drama  -  11 October 2001 (USA)
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In St. Petersburg, a lad named Slava prepares for a cello recital. The film's title and his teacher's inquiry in the first scene about whether his mother will be in the audience suggest ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Valeri Yakovlev ...
Slava Slonin (as Valera Yakovlev)
Sergey Koshonin ...
Papa (as Sergei Kashonin)
Yelena Spiridonova ...
Mama
Irina Osnovina ...
Music Teacher
Natalya Surkova ...
Woman in Yellow (as Natalia Sirkova)
Irina Kovalenko ...
Woman in Red
Oleg Obierkin ...
Drunk Friend #1
Maksim Pashkov ...
Drunk Friend #2 (with guitar) (as Maxim Pashkov)
Yuri Khanzhin ...
Hockey Friend (as Yura Hanzhin)
Kiril Benediktov ...
Young Violonist (as Kiril Benedictov)
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In St. Petersburg, a lad named Slava prepares for a cello recital. The film's title and his teacher's inquiry in the first scene about whether his mother will be in the audience suggest that a mother-son relationship will be at the center of things. However, it's Slava and his father who change. Slava plays hockey, and one suspects that this manly activity is more to the father's liking than is music. Then there's dad's drinking, and Slava's valiant and futile efforts to stop it. Things come to a head when dad hears his son's music. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Heartbreakingly Beautiful film
19 March 2003 | by (Oxford, North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

What happens in a family when the father is an alcoholic, and how that family and little boy survives. A picture too many of us know all too well, shown with mercy, clarity and compassion. Incredibly well-acted, written and directed by all concerned.

Amazing that the demon alcohol "practices what he preaches" all over the world, whether it is in the United States or Russia, where the film takes place. Wish I could buy this film; it was the first time I could come to some kind of terms with my own experiences of the helplessness of children when they are faced with alcoholism in their parents and the ones they love and rely on. The little boy did magnificently.


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