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11 January 2004 (Hungary) See more »
Kira Muratova's "Checkhovskie motivy", adapted from a couple of works by the famous writer, concerns a man who, in the middle of his wedding, notices that in the audience is his deceased ex-lover. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Kira Muratova 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yevgeni Golubenko 
Kira Muratova 

Produced by
Anna Chmil .... co-producer
Evgeniy Grigorev .... executive producer
Igor Kalyonov .... producer
Original Music by
Valentin Silvestrov 
Cinematography by
Valeri Makhnev 
Film Editing by
Valentina Olejnik 
Costume Design by
Ruslan Khvastov 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chekhovskie motivy" - Ukraine (original title)
"Chekhovian Motifs" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Czech Republic:110 min (Karlovy Vary Film Festival) | Russia:120 min


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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Exotica , Erotica , Romantica..., 5 December 2002
Author: Jazz and Mark from israel

Unbelievable , but Muratova hasn't kept us waiting too long for another masterpiece . It's particularly notable , considering highly creative approach by which Muratova got us plunging into the weird atmosphere of Chechov . As usual it makes us feel a lot of contradictory moods...some kind of " emotional vacuum cups " .

I won't reveal anything new saying that Muratova's movies are extremely irritating . I suppose in " Chechov's Motives " she's done her best in this aspect.

There are always certain scenes or motives in her films which are particularly hard to perceive , let alone liking them at first sight . Sometimes it's necessary to come back to them several times to appreciate their condition or even relevance . Eventually each particle of story finds its irreplaceable location,but it takes time before we realize that.

While there are just several episodes in her other works which might be classified as " hard-to-swallow " , in " Chechov's Motives " we are exposed to 50-minute-patience-test in the sequence which can be called " An Educational Orthodox Wedding Guide For Enterings Church Establishments " . Undoubtedly this piece can be related in the same proportion as to Chechov as to Muratova . I guess if Chechov himself had been alive he would've appreciated such a syndicate.

Only here you will find a clergyman having served God for 40 years without believing in his existence ( if church let itself doubt , what can we say about its parishioners? ). Add to it self-made Nouveau Riches and Bohemians who arrived at " Sacred Procedure " which will turn into neverending ordeal as for participants as for viewers .

Twenty years later Muratova comes back to cinematic poetry . Almost amateur black and white image , genius editing of the final scene . It's just impossible not to point out the opera version of musical grotesque composed by V.Selivestrov , transfering us back in 1979 in another piece of art " Getting To Know A Big Wide World " . Definitely , Muratova and Sakurov are the only genuine directors left on the Post-Soviet stage.

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