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A programme made for the Community Channel by The Independent Film Trust (the UK charity which supports the cause of independent film-making) on the IFT's Film School in a Box scheme to provide basic film training to disadvantaged people.
Marina, a forty-year-old Russian woman, lives in a small village in South Leicestershire in England. Seven years ago she married Gregory, a village garage owner, a collector of Morris Minor cars and an Ipswich Town supporter. Marina met Gregory when he came to Russia to see Ipswich Town playing against Torpedo Moscow, and moved to England with her then five-year-old daughter in the hope of happiness and a secure future for her child. A journalist and a writer in her previous life, she now works as a local hairdresser and in her spare time writes for the parish magazine. Gregory loves her, and her daughter seems to flourish in a private school, but Marina doesn't feel happy and satisfied with her life - and can't really explain why. The feeling increases when she goes to London to meet Valentina, an old friend who is visiting from Moscow. Valentina has become a successful writer and Marina asks herself whether maybe she could also write books in Russian, her native language which ... Written by
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This is a very interesting film about the choices that one can find oneself having to make, often unexpectedly, at key points in life. And about how these choices may be the rights one or wrong ones for many different reasons. It kept me thinking for a long time afterwards. The mixed cast half British, half Russian works well and there are some very nicely-judged performances. I particularly liked Ifan Huw Dafydd as Gregory. There is one scene where he seems to convey everything he is feeling simply by opening his eyes. The Leicestershire landscape and Moscow at night both look wonderful thanks to the cinematography by Dmitry Ermakov.
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