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The 1975 film by Georgi Daneliya "Afonya" was an unexpected commercial hit in USSR. The main character Borshev A.N. is a Plumber who spends his free time, as well as working hours, drinking with his buddies whom he even doesn't recognize the next day after another heavy drink. His girlfriend leaves him, his boss places him on probation, his whole life is falling a part but he doesn't realize it. There is only one person who can save him - a nurse by the name Katya whom he met at a disco and didn't pay much attention to... Daneliya manages to balance in the film satire and drama, quotes from the film gained a cult status in Russia and other former countries of USSR.Written by
The film was released without any expectations for it to bring a lot of money. But the film got extremely popular with USSR citizens and became one of the highest grossing films in the USSR history of movie-making. See more »
Daneliya is my favourite movie director, mostly because of his cult classic Kin-Dza-Dza. I finally got to Afonya and declare it a masterpiece. Daneliya has this unique talent for a full-on sarcasm towards his characters combined with incredible love and compassion for them. This combo reminds me a bit of older episodes of the Simpsons, only there is MORE sarcasm and MORE love.
Afonya used to be one of my favourite guy types, the class clown, dealing pot on the side, always getting into trouble and trying to joke their way out of it. I dated a couple of them over the years and got to know that their joking is a cover up for the emptiness they would feel once they stop talking. They often don't realize it themselves, but I am glad that Afonya did.
I saw some comments in Russian reviews not understanding why his girl saviour - being so much younger that he is and a pretty girl - keeps following him around. I think it's quite straightforward, she mentions that her brother was on Afonya's youth days volleyball team, and she probably had a huge crush on him then. It's still a crush and not love, but hey, it all worked out at the end :)
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