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A Driver for Vera (2004)
"Voditel dlya Very" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  29 July 2004 (Russia)
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A General, who had sent for a cadet from the Kremlin Guard to work as his personal driver, decided to marry him to his physically disabled daughter

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Igor Petrenko ...
Viktor
Elena Babenko ...
Vera (as Alyona Babenko)
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General Serov
Andrey Panin ...
Adjutant Saveliev
Ekaterina Yudina ...
Maid Lida
Marina Golub ...
Zinaida
Valeriy Barinov ...
General Klimenko
Natalya Gudkova ...
Anzhela
Alisa Grebenshchikova ...
Red
Dmitry Vysotsky ...
Cuban comrade Rojes
Aleksei Zelensky ...
1st Detective
Aleksandr Mezentsev ...
Hospital Doctor
Vladimir Koval ...
Gynecologist
Sergey Udovik ...
2nd Detective
Aleksandr Shavrin ...
Forensic Pathologist
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The film is set during 1962 in Sevastopol, Crimea, then a secret Navy Base in the Soviet Union. General Serov (Stupka) hires Viktor (Petrenko), a cadet from the Kremlin Guard to work as his private chauffeur. In a jet-black "ZIM" limo, Viktor is chauffeuring the General's disabled daughter Vera (Babenko). Viktor is oblivious to the hidden agenda of the KGB agent Saveliev (Panin), who manipulates everyone behind the scenes in the old rivalry between the Army and KGB. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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The film was the Official selection from Ukraine for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2005, but the Academy did not consider it for nomination because of Russia's large inputs in the movie production. See more »

Quotes

Vera: Do you love me?
Viktor: I do.
Vera: Sometimes I think that you don't.
Viktor: So what, what should I do to make you believe? Jump from a rock? Shoot myself?
Vera: Just swear... swear in the name of mother. Well! You swear?
Viktor: I swear!
Vera: In the name of mother?
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Memorable, well acted, crisp--and gripping. Memorable too... Did I say memorable? Yes..
31 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie is somber, make no mistake, so be sure to have a hanky handy. Bright moments do sprout out on occasions--but they soon will be tangled and forgotten, as the movie further delves us into a place of a waning of era with disillusioned characters.

The players are all trap in their own roles with conflicts, decisions taken only within their power--never for convenience, never for whims. Maybe the telltale sign of the government, or some poetic semblance, whichever--the result is a masterpiece effusively tragic, and beautifully shot.

Communist era, as depicted in the movie--was just at its zenith before the regression.

The story declines in a way as to match at best of the country's stages of travails. We were able to delve into the politicking, and its deadly nature were scapegoats are wrought, and lives are paid.

The film evokes these panoramic moments, and tableau's. Longshots, marking out as those of stageplays, or out of Koreeda's Maborosi. Later these scenes, for instance the Cliffside--comes back, and reestablishes itself with a rendered darker atmosphere, as the film progress, or regress if you like.

I won't go much in debt with the characters--but I believe they're well fleshed out. And that purports well with performance--especially Vera...

Sigh, makes me sad just thinking about her.

Regardless. I'm much excited for the director/writer's next project. Thief was a narrative spectacle wrapped in a simple allegory--this on the other hand was well executed, and well fleshed out.

I hope it'll be available in the U.S. soon, for such a rare film as this deserves exposure to all, if not the world.

Might I add it's a memorable movie? Verily.


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