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Bastards (2006)

Svolochi (original title)
A "Hitlerjugend" kind of story, set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, based on a fictitious story from the eponymous book by Vladimir Kunin. The Red Army has a gang of ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrey Panin ...
Vishnevetsky
Andrey Krasko ...
Uncle Pasha
Aleksandr Golovin ...
Kot
Sergei Rychenkov ...
Tyapa
Vladimir Andreev ...
Konstantin Arkadyevich Chernov
Vladimir Kashpur ...
Valentin Petrovich Tyapkin
Nikita Yerunov ...
Babay
Oleg Buganov ...
Prince
Marius Shtandel ...
Shket
Igor Yurtaev ...
Perch
Aleksandr Verbitsky ...
Hare
Aleksei Sobolev ...
Coachman
Velimir Rusakov ...
Maestro
Mitya Gorevoy ...
Skull
Semyon Sivkov ...
Kaluga
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A "Hitlerjugend" kind of story, set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, based on a fictitious story from the eponymous book by Vladimir Kunin. The Red Army has a gang of juveniles for a clandestine operation against the Nazis. The boys are trained by a dangerous crime lord at a top secret boot camp. They are doomed to die in the mission, or after it, just to keep it a secret. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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[last lines]
Konstantin Arkadyevich Chernov: Tyapa!
[pause]
Konstantin Arkadyevich Chernov: We finally met again, Tyapkin... Valentin Petrovich.
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Rather arid and uneven creation elevated by distinct young performances
19 November 2015 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

In "socialist" times Russian films were always and everywhere, with very few Western films shown, thus, in recent decades, I have not felt any particular urge to (re)watch Russian films, especially post-Soviet ones. But we all have our weaknesses and curiosities :) plus incidents happen...

Svolochi is meant to be a historical film, about WWII in the rear area far away from actual battles (somewhere in Kazakshtan), but it has turned out that it is all pure fiction - presented not very convincingly, with the exception of Russian crime scene and obscene language perhaps (not accurately translated into English). Reactions to the boys's behaviour and language by military personnel are odd, if not more, and adult military characters are not typical to the Stalin era - they seem hesitant, weak, speaking mostly gently, and the actors performing them are not front-rank... The ending dating back to 1943 is hectic and airy-fairy, and the very ending is quite ridiculous, taking into account modern opportunities in finding former acquaintances.

The film is "saved" by two good performances - Alexander Golovin as Kot and Sergey Rychakov as Tjapa; they squeeze the best/most out of this inconsistent story and focusing on their chemistry enables to wend your way through this 1.5 hour film without wtf! attitudes. But still, Svolochi is not a film you definitely must see, particularly if you have some knowledge of Russian values and language.


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