The story of "Russkoye" reminds me of "Rumble Fish" by Coppola,but this film has more standard and realistic style.
Direction is good and professional,especially work with actors and cameraman. All the actors play excellently, shooting and editing was done precisely as classic narrative films had been made for decades. There's nothing new but nothing bad. Everything is in its place.
Foreign people may not recognize where and when the events take place. It is a story about a talented high-teen poet living in provincial town of Soviet Uninon, about his conflicts with adults and the police, his unhappy first love and failed suicide, etc.
Only in the second half of the film we can read the year 1959 on the cover of "New World(Novyi Mir)" and only at the last credit titles we can read where shooting was done(Khar'kov--Ukrainian city).Citations from Russian and Soviet cultural symbols are more recognizable(film "October" by Eisenshtein and a reproduction of famous painting "Demon" by Mikhail Vrubel).It was interesting for me to watch how director used these citations. In spite of realistic tone, some episodes of hero's dream or imagination are near to black comedy.
It's a good film for those who know details of Russian reality in Soviet period and love such a story.
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