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Mermaid (2007)
"Rusalka" (original title)

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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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Russia's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

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Alisa Titova: Why would anyone need a property on the moon?
Aleksandr Viktorovich 'Sasha': To have somewhere to escape.
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Waltz 10 C Minor
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Wondrous
31 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you love Russian fantasy films or want to be introduced to one, Mermaid is a must-watch. The ending does make perfect sense though will repel those who are not familiar with the Rusalka story, but here does come across as incomplete, if the film was a little longer it could have been more rounded. Aside from that, Mermaid is a wonder. Visually, it is stunning with very skilled and beautifully-lit photography and charming scenery. The music score has a quirkiness and sumptuousness with a distinctive Russian quality to it, characteristically similar to the score of Amelie(in that it's quirky, charming and beautiful to listen to). The dialogue is noble and intelligent, with the comedy genuinely funny without being vulgar or in-your face, romantic parts whimsical and charming and tragic aspects affecting. The story, a very loose adaptation of The Little Mermaid with a touch of Rusalka too, is never dull and has a lot of emotional impact, with colourful fantasy elements and an appealing quirkiness, again Amelie-like. The characters are engaging, with a very relateable protagonist, while the acting is excellent, a big shout-out going to lead actress Mariya Shalaeva, even the word amazing isn't enough describing how good her performance is.

Overall, a wondrous film let down only by the incomplete-feeling ending. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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