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Mermaid (2007)
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In Moscow, a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man.

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Mariya Shalayeva ...
Alisa Titova (as Masha Shalaeva)
Evgeniy Tsyganov ...
Aleksandr Viktorovich 'Sasha'
Mariya Sokova ...
Alisa's mother
Anastasiya Dontsova ...
Young Alisa (as Nastya Dontsova)
Veronika Skugina
Irina Skrinichenko ...
Rita - Sasha's girlfriend
Albina Evtushevskaya ...
Alisa's grandmother
Oksana Borisova
Ivan Nikolaev
Igor Savochkin
Igor Yatsko ...
Alisa's chief
Igor Uryvaev
Sergey Chirkov
Maksim Konovalov
Tomas Motskus
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The fanciful tale of an introverted little girl who grows up believing she has the power to make wishes come true. She must reconcile this belief with reality when, as a young woman, she journeys to Moscow and grapples with love, modernity and materialism. Written by Anonymous

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Alisa Titova: Why would anyone need a property on the moon?
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A fantastic modern fable
26 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mermaid is an awesomely bizarre tale of a strange girl called Alisa, who, as a little girl, lives by the beach with her comically grotesque mother and grandmother and pines for her father to come and rescue her . Later on in her life she is forced to confront reality when she travels to Moscow with her family, and as a teenager, finds out all about all the wonders of the world, including love, jobs and friendship, all seen through an impossibly optimistic and offbeat sensibility. Mermaid plays like the second coming of Amelie, and everything about it is utterly charming; the fantastically upbeat, jazzy score, the dreamy cinematography tinged with realism, the quirky scenarios, but mostly the utterly charismatic and awesome central performances from the two girls playing Alisa, who like Audrey Tatou before them, will make you fall in love. Alisa is such an endearingly odd character, charmingly offbeat and naive, while remaining startlingly independent and fierce. A last act stumble provoked by a tangle of superfluous characters dampens the charm of the film somewhat,and it meanders in parts, but on the whole Mermaid is an almost note-perfect film that will leave you with a dreamy smile on your face and a longing for days of lost innocence.


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