How is it possible to feel someone elses pain? The hero of this film is an autistic boy. His life is divided between an apartment with peeling walls on the outskirts of a large city...
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There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs ... See full summary »
Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student ... See full summary »
(Russian with English subtitles) Inna is a typical 30-something yuppy, who also happens to be a single mother. One day discovering that she has an Incurable illness, Inna sets on finding the right adoptive parents for her son.
Set in 19th century Imperial Russia, the story revolves around a retired army veteran who makes a good living by settling duels for aristocrats, a common practice of the era. Shot in IMAX. ... See full summary »
Injured on the job Vasily Kuzyakin gets a ticket to the resort. There he meets femme fatale Raisa Zakharovna, and once under the charm, moves to live with her. Unfortunately, a new life is not all that sweet as dreamed hapless Vasily.
That day Sergey Sobolev, police officer, is driving to the hospital where his wife is about to give birth to their child. High from happiness, he's driving too fast and when he sees a boy ... See full summary »
Before New Year Eve the windows of vast city are glowing from within by colored Christmas lights. It seems that behind each of these windows carefully stored favorite holiday.It seems that ... See full summary »
Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.
Provincial Vika travels by train to St. Petersburg, where she meets a scientific employee of the Kunstkammer - Lisa. Lisa invites her temporarily stay at her home. Vicka will turn the life of Lisa into a series of endless parties.
How is it possible to feel someone elses pain? The hero of this film is an autistic boy. His life is divided between an apartment with peeling walls on the outskirts of a large city... See full synopsis »
Ukrainian actress, producer and director Lyubov Arkus' debut documentary feature which she wrote, premiered Out of competition at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Russia and is a Russian production which was produced by producers Konstantin Sjavlovski, Sergej Seljanov and Alexandr Golutva. It tells the story about an adolescent boy diagnosed with autism named Anton Kharatonin who lives with his mother named Rinata in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Rinata has taken care of her son for many years, but then she becomes incurably ill and her principal concern is that her own son might be sent off to a psychiatric clinic.
Subtly and finely directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Lyubov Arkus, this quietly paced and biographical documentary feature which is narrated by the director and from multiple viewpoints, draws a profoundly humane and intimate portrayal of a mother and father's relationship with their son and a filmmaker's relationship with a person who lives in-between his own and the real world and who though appearing and disappearing from the camera finds his way into the heart of her documentary. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, fine cinematography by cinematographer Alisher Khamidkhodzjaev and use of sound, this gripping portrait which follows four years in the life of a human being who makes quite an impact on the people he spends time with, asks pivotal questions about human dignity.
This life-affirming, humorous and heartrending story where interviews with Anton Kharitonov's mother and father, psychiatrists, a lawyer and many other people who spent time working with and observing Anton, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, illuminating voice-over narration, Anton's presence and writings, the director's presence and the admirable efforts that a filmmaker and her collaborator's make to secure the future of an individual who might end up spending the rest of his life in a mental institution. A compassionate, lyrical and graceful documentary feature which rightfully focuses more on the humane then the cinematic aspects.
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