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Andrey Zvyagintsev (screenplay) and
Oleg Negin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 2011 (Russia) See more »
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Directed by
Andrey Zvyagintsev 
Writing credits
Andrey Zvyagintsev (screenplay)

Oleg Negin  screenplay

Produced by
Ekaterina Marakulina .... executive producer
Ekaterina Marakulina .... line producer
Sergey Melkumov .... producer
Alexander Rodnyansky .... producer (as Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy)
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Mikhail Krichman 
Film Editing by
Anna Mass 
Casting by
Elina Ternyayeva 
Production Design by
Andrey Ponkratov 
Art Direction by
Andrey Ponkratov 
Set Decoration by
Andrey Grachov 
Costume Design by
Anna Bartuli (costumes)
Makeup Department
Yelena Dmitriyenko .... assistant makeup artist
Galya Ponomaryova .... makeup
Production Management
Ruslan Alikulov .... deputy production manager
Pavel Gorin .... production manager
Andrey Letsin .... administrator
Anna Matveyeva .... post-production coordinator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anastasiya Karasyova .... assistant director
Viktoriya Kudinova .... assistant director: props
Anna Kuriyenko .... assistant director
Aleksandr Lozovsky .... assistant director: props
Art Department
Nikolay Buyankin .... property master
Maksim Korsakov .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Andrey Dergachev .... sound
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor
Sergey Kharchenko .... 2nd assistant sound mixer
Stanislav Krechkov .... 1st assistant sound mixer
Stanislav Krechkov .... dialogue editor
Stepan Tsokur .... 2nd assistant sound mixer
Aleksandr Volodin .... sound effects recordist
Visual Effects by
Julia Huene .... visual effects producer: Bazelevs VFX
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Dmitriy Tokoyakov .... visual effects supervisor
Pyotr Korolyov .... stunt performer
Vladimir Lukyanchikov .... stunt performer
Dmitry Tarasenko .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Aleksandr Badion .... camera operator: casting
Viktor Chumakov .... lighting technician
Yevgeny Gribkov .... video control operator: "b" camera
Aleksey Igolkin .... lighting technician
Artur Krasheninnikov .... "b" camera operator
Vladimir Mishukov .... still photographer
Igor Obnosov .... video control operator
Aleksey Polyakov .... lighting technician
Vladimir Protsenko .... key grip
Viktor Saratov .... focus puller
Pavel Semyonov .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Yelena Simonova .... casting: Saint Petersburg
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tatyana Chernikova .... costumer
Anastasiya Vishnevskaya .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Transportation Department
Vasily Boymestryuk .... driver
Anatoly Hîrbu .... driver
Vitaly Kirsanov .... driver
Vsevolod Kirsanov .... driver
Anatoly Kiselitsa .... driver
Konstantin Korneyev .... driver
Dmitry Mogunov .... driver
Aleksandr Morozov .... driver
Renat Samirkhanov .... driver
Grigory Tretyukhin .... driver
Other crew
Shama Raza Ali .... executive director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Natalya Andreyeva .... extras coordinator
Nina Andreyeva .... assistant: S. Melkumov: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Pyotr Aseyev .... general director: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Rozaliya Balakhonova .... chief accountant: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Yelena Genina .... film accountant
Bella Khromchenkova .... chief accountant: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Yekaterina Kolesnikova .... accountant: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Larisa Kolomoyets .... on-set messing
Anna Kopnalina .... pantry
Olga Korneva .... office manager: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Tatyana Krotova .... office manager
Olga Kudryavtseva .... production director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Mariya Kukleva .... financial director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Igor Laptev .... horse handler
Svetlana Levina .... financial director: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Irina Makarova .... consultant: cardiologist
Yekaterina Mamakina .... animal handler
Kirill Manuylov .... horse handler
Natalya Martynova .... lawyer: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Yuliya Mikhaylova .... financial manager
Yekaterina Mileshina .... accountant: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Marina Naumkina .... consultant: lawyer
Natalya Novikova .... on-set messing
Aleksandr Ostashov .... consultant: veterinary
Yekaterina Ozerova .... production department manager: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Fyodor Petrov .... general director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Dmitry Pshonkin .... consultant: resuscitationist
Sofya Rodnikova .... animal handler
Aleksey Shestakov .... lawyer: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Mariya Shulgina .... script supervisor
Alya Somkina .... animal handler
Aleksandr Voronov .... location manager
Arkady Yagid .... technical director: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Alesia Weston .... thanks

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Andrey Smirnov was sure the scenes with Vladimir going to the gym would be cut afterwards but director Andrey Zvyagintsev kept them in the film. Smirnov agreed with the decision, saying the scenes "evoke a certain feeling of unease towards the character".See more »
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14 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Well made but not the most interesting of movies., 15 May 2012
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is the sort of movie that will do well at film festivals and with certain critics but for me it's all a bit too familiar, though there is simply no denying that this still remains a very well made movie.

Kind of funny but while watching this movie it kept reminding me of a different Russian movie that I had seen; "Vozvrashchenie". I only found out later that the movie indeed had been directed by the same director; Andrei Zvyagintsev. So he obviously is a person with a very strong and distinctive style but yet I wasn't as intrigued with this movie as I was was with "Vozvrashchenie".

It's a movie that shows how one event can change everything in a family. That is good all but it's not exactly something that has never been done in any movie before. I did wish that the movie would had done some more interesting stuff at times with its story and characters but it instead makes the choice to be a simplistic and straightforward as possible, which adds to the realism perhaps but not to the originality and it doesn't make this the most interesting or effective genre example either.

The movie definitely takes the time to setup things but it feels a bit pointless at times. Really, the movie too often is showing you absolutely nothing and some sequences are needlessly long. The movie wants you to fill in things for yourself mostly and doesn't just lay out everything. It's the reason why the movie also often has no dialog at all in it. The first part and the final part of the movie is like this. It seemed like things were developing- and starting to get interesting in the middle but it doesn't ever push through.

Still I can't be very negative toward this movie. It's obviously a superior made movie, that is beautiful looking as well, with its cinematography, that helps to set up a nice mood for the movie. Also nothing wrong with its storytelling. I mean, it does what it does well, even though it just isn't my cup of tea and it really isn't the best, most original, or intriguing example of the genre that I have ever seen. It's great to watch still, if you are into these type of movies.

A really good movie, you can still real easily do without though and is hardly the best that the genre currently has to offer.


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