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The Half Life of Timofey Berezin
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Pu-239 -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)
Ken Kalfus (short story "PU-239")
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Tagline:
His family's future depends on one unstable element.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Paddy Considine ... Timofey

Oscar Isaac ... Shiv
Valeriu Pavel Dan ... Red Army Hero
Kenneth Bryans ... Prusokov

Radha Mitchell ... Marina
Danya Baryshnikov ... Tolya

Connor McIntyre ... Facility Director
Derek Hutchinson ... Facility Deputy

Jason Flemyng ... Vlad

Jordan Long ... Yegor
Xenia Alina Grigore ... Lap Girl

Mélanie Thierry ... Oxsana
Constantin Barbulescu ... Dmitri
Oana Cojocaru ... Svetlana
Stefan Iancu ... Andrei
Florina Cercel ... Valentina
Lucia Maier ... Olga
Ioana Abur ... Injured Dog Owner
Denisa Rosca ... Crying Kid

Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Tusk

Rudy Rosenfeld ... Butterfly Man
Irene Bagach ... Victorya Secretsky
Dan Chiriac ... CD Seller

Steven Berkoff ... Starkov
Bogdan Farkas ... Starkov's Bouncer
Georgiana Andronic ... Way Too Young
Anatoli Ciumac ... Flathead
Florin Roata ... Flathead
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mihai Bendeac ... Random Worker (uncredited)
Ioan Brancu ... TV Vendor (uncredited)
Matyelok Gibbs ... Ana (uncredited)
Sophia Lansky ... Additional Voices (uncredited) (voice)

Derren Nesbitt ... Pepsi (uncredited)
Bogdan Uritescu ... Foreman (uncredited)
Yoshinori Yamamoto ... Japanese Business Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Scott Z. Burns 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)

Ken Kalfus (short story "PU-239")

Produced by
Peter Berg .... executive producer
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
George Clooney .... executive producer
Ben Cosgrove .... executive producer
Elena de Leonardis .... associate producer (as Elena Jacobson)
Miranda de Pencier .... producer
Zanne Devine .... executive producer
Rachel Eggebeen .... associate producer
Jennifer Fox .... executive producer
Guy J. Louthan .... producer
Charlie Lyons .... producer
Vlad Paunescu .... producer
Dmitry Shutko .... line producer: Moscow
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Abel Korzeniowski 
 
Cinematography by
Eigil Bryld 
 
Film Editing by
Tatiana S. Riegel 
Leo Trombetta 
 
Casting by
Nancy Bishop 
Susan Bluestein 
Kate Dowd 
Camille St. Cyr 
 
Production Design by
Tom Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Adrian Curelea 
Sorin Popescu 
 
Set Decoration by
Oana Marinescu 
Alexandra Botoi Tudorache 
 
Costume Design by
Oana Paunescu 
 
Makeup Department
Daniela Busoiu .... makeup artist
Catalin Ciutu .... key hair stylist
Letitia Ghenea .... assistant makeup artist
Marese Langan .... hair designer
Marese Langan .... makeup designer
Cristina Temelie .... assistant hair stylist
Andreea Tudose .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eugen Dinca .... unit production manager: Romania
Jasmine Kosovic .... post-production supervisor
Mark L. Mitchell .... post production executive
Bogdan Moncea .... executive in charge of production
Nancy Rae Stone .... executive in charge of production
Jennifer Wynne .... unit production manager: UK
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ovidiu Paunescu .... third assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director
Alexandra Puia .... second assistant director
Ksenia Shchedrina .... second assistant director: Moscow
 
Art Department
Alexandru Dinca .... props
Viorel Ghenea .... property master
Andreea Gherghel .... on-set dresser
Adi Handac .... props
Paula Lazaroni .... painter
Christian Niculescu .... production designer: Romania
Ionel Popa .... propmaker
Grigore Purcariu .... assistant art director
Andi Rosu .... props buyer
Rosca Stefan .... painter
Monica Timofte .... assistant art director
Adrian Ungureanu .... lead painter
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound effects editor
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Jon Johnson .... sound
Val Kuklowsky .... adr editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Simon Price .... adr supervisor
Miguel Rivera .... dialogue & adr editor
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Lauren Stephens .... sound effects editor
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Laurence Harvey .... senior special effects technician
Lucian Iordache .... special effects supervisor
Jason Troughton .... special effects supervisor
Ovidiu Veliscu .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Shows .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Toni Cartu .... director of photography: second unit
Calin Catalin .... gaffer
Sean Connor .... first assistant camera
Gabriel Kosuth .... additional photographer
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Oliver Upton .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Nancy Bishop .... casting
Susan Bluestein .... casting: USA
Floriela Grapini .... casting: Romania
Justin Haulbrook .... casting intern: USA
Jason Kennedy .... casting associate: USA
Kirsty Kinnear .... casting associate
Camille St. Cyr .... casting: USA
Noelle Trkulja .... casting assistant: Prague
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurentiu Alexe .... costume assistant
Ana Maria Cucu .... assistant costume designer
Carmen Ilie .... set costumer
Oana Paunescu .... costumes
Doina Raducut .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Natasha Blasick .... post-production
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor
George Chavez .... color timer
Matthew W. Johnson .... iq artist
Ella Leya .... assistant editor
Peter McEvoy .... digital intermediate executive producer
Marilyn McMahon Adams .... assistant editor
Joey Mendez .... post-production assistant
Roberta Raduca .... telecine colorist
Kasia Skorynkiewicz .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Daniel Birczynski .... music designer
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Greg Hayes .... score recordist
Joel Iwataki .... music score mixer
Steve Kempster .... score mixer
Bryan Lawson .... music editor
Sam Zeines .... assistant music editor
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
 
Transportation Department
Sorin Dinu .... transport coordinator
Octav Tudor .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Alina Apostu .... script supervisor
Razvan Badea .... production assistant
Larisa Busuioc .... assistant to director
Jennifer M. Byrne .... post-production accountant
Liviu Gherghe .... production assistant
Florin Gon .... key location manager
Hieu Ho .... assistant: Zanne Devine
Christina Hwang .... title producer
Cristian Ivan .... office secretary
Cristina Ivan .... office secretary
Cristina Jaleru .... assistant production coordinator
Svetlana Migounova .... production coordinator: Moscow
Andreea Mititiuc .... office secretary
Adrian Moroca .... production assistant
Ruxandra Popescu .... production accountant
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Katerina Shashorina .... chief location manager & production coordinator: Moscow
Claudia Stanciu .... production assistant
Luminita Costinela Stanciu .... production secretary
Bogdan Stefanescu .... location manager
Ovidiu Stoia .... location unit manager
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance
Oana Topliceanu .... production coordinator
Roy Vongtama .... medical technical advisor
Dale Wyatt .... dialogue coach
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Half Life of Timofey Berezin" - USA (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, violence, sexual content and brief drug use
Runtime:
97 min
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Timofey:[voiceover] I have been thinking about what hurts more: the jar or the pins. And I think I can tell you that it is not the pins. Because the monarch in the jar is already dead when it comes to the pins. At some point things stop hurting; and from inside the jar, with eyes that see in all directions, maybe it is possible to look into the future, well beyond the pins, to where the compass in your head tells you that you need to go.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Triumphant Success, 6 April 2008
Author: muaddibjsk from United States

"Pu-239", or "The Half Life of Timofey Berezin" is a film set in post cold war Russia. A land ruled by competing Russian Mafia factions and run by aging, failing nuclear power plants. Timofey Berezin, a nuclear power plant technician finds himself exposed to an excessive amount of radiation caused from a near failure at the plant he works at. Eventually he learns that his company has lied to him about the extent of the exposure and he only has a matter of days to live before being overcome from radiation sickness and poisoning. His one mission is to secure a safe and healthy future for his wife and son that he will be leaving behind. His solution, steal a small amount of weapons grade plutonium (Pu-239) with the intent to sell it on the black market in Moscow, and give the money to his family. Timofey is played by actor Paddy Considine, most recently known for his role as the reporter Simon Ross in "The Bourne Ultimatum". Considine's portrayal of Timofey has similarities to that of Simon Ross. However, where Ross seemed to be the naive innocent victim of circumstances way beyond his expectations, he plays Timofey as a humble innocent man trying to serve his duty to his country, people and family, yet when faced with a horrific situation, he meets it head on with unswerving determination and resolve. The humanity and innocence mixed with cold steely tenacity that Considine brings to this character is haunting and brilliant. A truly beautiful and powerful performance. Timofey's wife, Marina is played by Radha Mitchell, an actress I have always found to have tremendous depth and power. Though many of her roles in the past seem to me to be beneath her potential (i.e. "Pitch Black", "Silent Hill") she always seems to shine through with grit and an immense presence. Pu-239 is no exception to this. Though the role is fairly minor, her abilities make it shine out bright and true in this film. Also featured prominently is the character of Shiv, played by relative newcomer Oscar Isaac. Though initially, Shiv's character seems like an obvious comic relief spot in what is otherwise a haunting and depressing world we eventually see a much greater depth to him. On the surface he seems like a two bit punk playing at being a big time Russian gangster. Yet we see in numerous instances a much more troubled and torn soul. Shiv is a man forced into his role of hustler/strongman who seems to be yearning to understand how to be a strong provider for his son and girlfriend. Though he does everything he can to hide this emotional "weakness" from those around him we see it time and time again play out in his desperation and hope for a life beyond what he has found. The clash of Shiv and Timofey's characters is a profound one. One is a man that has become an educated yet unappreciated (and eventually abandoned) scientist, who has given his life for his loved ones. The other, a criminal dealing in extortion and prostitution, desperately trying to save his hopeless life. Yet when sitting side by side, one can't ignore the similarities between them. Both in hopeless struggles for their own lives, and both yearning to provide something better for those they care for. Two starkly different paths, converged to a single moment and place in time. The shining star in this film though, are the poetic monologues placed throughout. Read by Considine, these profound thoughts on a nuclear world, a world where utter annihilation rests in a silent, invisible force that "rewrites your very DNA", resonate in an eerie, forbidding and ominous tone. They flow through this film so subtly you almost miss the power and potency of them until, like aftershocks, their ghostly beauty crashes upon the listeners consciousness. First time director, Scott Burns (co-writer of "The Bourne Ultimatum") artistically contrasts, in both music and color, the bleak hopeless life of Timofey with the flashy, colorful, yet hollow and meaningless life of Shiv. Beautiful imagery, awe inspiring monologues, and powerfully acted characters fill the screen of "Pu-239". For a team of relative newcomers, "Pu-239" is a triumphant success.

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