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Pu-239 (2006)

The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (original title)
R | | Drama | 17 November 2007 (USA)
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A worker at a Russian nuclear facility gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In order to provide for his family, he steals some plutonium and sets out to sell it on Moscow's black market with the help of an incompetent criminal.

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Valeriu Pavel Dan ...
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Facility Director
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Jordan Long ...
Xenia Alina Grigore ...
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Constantin Barbulescu ...
Oana Cojocaru ...
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Storyline

In Russia, the technician and family man Timofey is exposed to 1,000 REMs (Roentgen Equivalent Man) of radiation in the nuclear facility where he works. The facility director hides the level of exposure from Timofey and tries to force him to assume the blame for the accident and puts Timofey on unpaid leave. Aware that the exposure is lethal and feeling the sickness of radiation, Timofey steals 100 mg of plutonium and heads to Moscow expecting to sell it on the black market for US$ 30,000.00 to give to his wife Marina and his seven year-old son Tolya. Meanwhile, the small-time criminal Shiv and the gangsters Vlad and Yegor need to pay US$ 6,000.00 to the powerful mobster Starkov in 72 hours. When Shiv meets Timofey trying to sell the Pu-239, he sees the chance to pay his debts and make some money. But he is incompetent and gets in trouble with powerful mobsters. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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His family's future depends on one unstable element.

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Drama

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Rated R for language, violence, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Timofey: You read too much.
Marina: I thought that's why you liked me.
Timofey: I never said I liked you. I said I loved you.
Marina: When did you say that?
Timofey: Before I ever knew your name. First day I saw you at the institute. I tried to say it with my eyes. On the day I married you in Tuvula and every day since. Just sometimes I said it to myself.
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The end credits of the movie are presented in English. The letters cast a shadow in dark red, which provide the same information as the English credits, but in Russian. See more »

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Pavlic Morozov
Written by Armen S. Grigoryan
Performed by Krematoriy
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A very true film, with the right doze of sarcasm
29 November 2009 | by (Sofia, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

I really liked the film. I am not sure if it is a Hollywood production or not, but it is giving the feeling of an European, even Russian film product. As a Bulgarian, and near to the type of living it is so true. there is no exaggeration, no overacting, no fake. The plot and the tone and the right high doze of sarcasm make you wait to see the next scene and the next and the next. I did feel the film very deeply. It is a film that will be somehow hard to be grasped by non-soviet block person. In fact this was and still is the reality - very well and interestingly depicted. It brings out the essence that we are humans, that we are weak and strong, that the system can crush you a lot, but still you are human. I would strongly to recommend this film to be watched


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