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Elena
Andrey Smirnov ...
Vladimir
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Katerina
Aleksey Rozin ...
Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina ...
Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov ...
Sasha
Vasiliy Michkov ...
Lawyer (as Vasily Michkov)
Aleksey Maslodudov
Ekaterina Tarkovskaya
Ivan Mulin
Nikita Slepchenkov
Yury Borisov
Igor Yurtaev
Yaroslav Zhalnin
Vasily Prokopyev
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Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena's son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir's daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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$9,035 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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$23,278 (USA) (13 June 2014)
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The block where Elena and Vladimir are shown to live is in Khamovniki, a prestigious district in the central Moscow. As of 2012, one apartment in that block cost around 10 million dollars. (Their apartment itself and its outside view, however, were filmed indoors, with artificial trees.) The block where Sergey's family live, and the power plant, are in Biryulyovo Zapadnoye District in the southern outskirts of Moscow. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev concealed the locations by replacing the street signs for the time of filming. See more »

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Katerina: Shit's gotta be tasty, millions of flies can't be wrong.
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Somehow I didn't get this at all
9 December 2012 | by (Kilkenny, Ireland.) – See all my reviews

This movie features some really impressive cinematography, with distinctive long single shots without edits often for several minutes. Excellent acting from all the key players, and especially the lead. The plot for me though really let this down and it lost my attention badly by the halfway point. I was left with the feeling there was a lot going on (constant background television talk, references to the Russian Orthodox Church) that went over my head.

There may well have been a moral/political subplot here that eastern European viewers would pick up immediately, but I just couldn't grasp it.


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