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Babusya (2003)

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Credited cast:
Nina Shubina ...
Babusya
Olga Onishchenko ...
Liza
Anna Ovsyannikova ...
Anna
Vladimir Kulakov ...
Viktor
Sergey Anufriev ...
Nikolay
Yuriy Ovsyanko ...
Ivan
Valentina Cherkozyanova ...
Valentina
Mariya Lobachova ...
Taya
Sergey Gamov ...
Tolik
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Masha
Polya Tilge ...
Olya
Sergey Kabanovskiy ...
Leonid
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Vladimir Baranov
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An old Russian grandmother, a product of "old" Russia who took part in the Battle of Stalingrad, sacrificed everything for her children and even sold her house to get money for her grandchildren, is shuttled among those very grandchildren--products of the "new" Russia--none of whom want her to stay with them since she's too much of a "burden" for them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Old Russia meets new (1990's were not kind to Russia)
21 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Many people in the West have a difficult time understanding why Russian's seem to be so indifferent or even supportive of the slow erosion of freedom currently underway under Putin's regime. Some of this is due to the fact that Western media makes Putin's "reforms" seem much worse than they really are. However, much of this misunderstanding in the West is due, in large part, to the West's ignorance of all the troubles the peoples of the former USSR have had to suffer in the 1990's. These troubles have shaken up society so much in Russia, that stability is what matters now, more than anything else.

This film does a fairly good job of presenting much of the societal upheaval that took place during the 90's in Russia, by focusing on the relationships of one family that had to live through them. The film portrays traditional Russian (rural) culture and its conflicts with the new. At times the subject matter can be very funny and at other times downright heart breaking.

The acting, writing, and direction are all superb. This is one of those movies that I would say is a must see for anyone that is interested in Russian cinema.


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