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Andrey Zvyagintsev (screenplay) and
Oleg Negin (screenplay)
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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
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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The first scene filmed was Elena walking towards the railway station.See more »
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Referenced in Palace (2012)See more »
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Empty, 27 January 2013
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Andrey Zvyagintsev's third film. His first film, The Return, made in 2003, is one of my favorite films of the previous decade (his sophomore feature, Banishment, never got distribution in the United States). I've been waiting forever to see something else by him. This is a huge disappointment, though. A very beautiful one, but still. It's very thin. Elena is a middle-aged woman married to an older man. She apparently stole him from his first wife (though their history isn't gone into deeply enough to know for sure). Elena wants him to lend money to her son and his family, who are having financial difficulties. Before he makes a decision about that, he has a non fatal heart attack. During his hospital stay, he reconnects with his estranged daughter from his first marriage. This strengthens his resolve not to help his stepson, which leads Elena to make a drastic decision. This film just takes forever with the set-up before it gets to any interesting plot development. The characters are mostly unlikeable and mostly two-dimensional. Even the lead, Elena, is fairly uncomplex. Actress Nadezhda Markina does well with her one big scene, but that's about it. Elena Lyadova, who plays Elena's step-daughter, has a couple of good moments, too, but she's not in the film enough to make an impression. There's one killer sequence that reminds one of the brilliance of The Return, but it feels like it's from a different movie (it applies to the main plot only metaphorically). All in all, this is a pretty but empty picture.

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