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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
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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109 min
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The scene with Elena coming to church was not in the original script. Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin argued whether it was necessary.See more »
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Referenced in Palace (2012)See more »
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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
"Life-affirming and distinctly directed...", 22 January 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

Russian screenwriter and director Andrey Zvyagintsev's third feature film succeeding his award-winning feature film debut "The Return" (2003) and "The Banishment" (2007), was written by Oleg Negin and tells the story about Elena, a former nurse who lives with her wealthy husband Vladimir. The middle-aged couple have a good marriage and when Elena's unemployed son Sergey and his wife, who lives nearby, needs financial support, Elena asks her husband to help them. Vladimir is not willing to help her son and when he makes his daughter Katya his sole heiress, their relationship turns cold.

This quietly paced and character-driven drama about a woman who wants to help her son from a previous relationship and a father who wants to help his daughter from a previous relationship, emphasizes the basic struggle for love and how this causes mistrust and distances people from one another. With his precise camera movements, gritty milieu depictions and intimate portrayals of family relations, Andrey Zvyagintsev creates great realism, tension and exceptional scenes of a baby.

This minimalistic study of character is finely photographed by the director's frequent collaborator Mikail Krichman and has a poignant and remarkable instrumental score which creates an efficiently unpredictable atmosphere and reinforces the concentrated narrative structure. A witty, life-affirming and distinctly directed film with prominent and understated acting performances by Russian actresses Nadezhda Markina and Yelena Lyadova, and Russian actor Andrey Smirnov.

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