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September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police 'Smersh', has a narrow escape. They are soldiers of the two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives a shelter to both of them at her farm. For Anni they are not enemies, but just men. Written by
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'Cuckoo' (as the bird) was military slang for a solitary sniper, the role Veikko is forced to masquerade as. See more »
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'Kukushka' is a very deep and enjoyable movie. The background is the situation of 1944 at the North-Western front of the Soviet Union and there are only three characters, each one of them representing their own world. There are also three languages and because of each character interprets each other in the manner they want to hear there are actually nine pragmatical meanings for each speech. This messing up with things creates comical situations and I think that Russian viewers are able to pick up more amusing details than the other nationalities.
The characters become very much a stereotypic representations of what they are, perhaps even a too much but that way they are anyway more interesting than in barren realism. Taking in account that this is a Russian movie it certainly makes people want to see more Russian films in the future. The insignificant minor bugs in some historical details are so few that they shouldn't be heeded at all.
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