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A Driver for Vera (2004)

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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

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
Dmitriy Vysotskiy ...
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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Storyline

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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$3,300,000 (estimated)
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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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I still can't sleep....
20 November 2004 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the best movie I've seen over years. I am not sure if it's available on DVD in English, but if it is - don't even hesitate a minute! Everything is perfect about this movie, the cinematography, the music, and most importantly the drama that builds up with the very first seconds.... The tension that builds up is immense and holds you until the very last second. There are so many layers in this movie... The human tragedy and ocean of emotions, love and hatred that unfolds on the screen and all the fabula is ruled by the powers that are not even present. Maybe I am too sentimental, but I was touched so deeply many times during the movie that I felt tears in my eyes several times during it.

I saw this movie three days ago and still keep on thinking about it...

In my opinion this movie definitely should be released by Criterion and will go straight into 250 best movies of all time.

In my opinion it is unquestionably in top twenty. Truly, truly a masterpiece!


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