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Flights in Dreams and in Reality (1983)

Polyoty vo sne i nayavu (original title)
On the eve of his fortieth birthday, a man realizes nothing he has achieved in his life has amounted to very much.


Roman Balayan


Viktor Merezhko




Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Sergey Makarov
Lyudmila Gurchenko ... Larisa Yuryevna
Oleg Tabakov ... Nikolay Pavlovich
Lyudmila Ivanova ... Nina Sergeyevna
Lyudmila Zorina ... Natasha
Elena Kostina ... Alisa
Oleg Menshikov ... Alisa's Friend
Lyubov Rudneva ... Svetochka
Aleksandr Adabashyan ... Sculptor
Nikita Mikhalkov ... Director
Yelena Chernyak Yelena Chernyak ... Switchwoman
Alyona Odinokova Alyona Odinokova ... Masha
Sergei Ivanov ... (as S. Ivanov)
Nadezhda Lagutenko Nadezhda Lagutenko ... (as N. Lagutenko)
Galina Shigayeva Galina Shigayeva ... (as G. Shigayeva)


Sergey is an attractive man approaching forty who is acutely aware that nothing he has achieved during the better part of his life has brought him any satisfaction. His frantic sprints between his work, his lover and his family, and the constant lies he uses to explain his absence, only tighten the noose around his neck. The three days that separate him from his birthday might present an opportunity to change everything, or he might just lose it all instead. Written by X

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Roman Balayan wanted to make a sequel of this film. Screenwriter Marina Mareeva and himself worked on the script for several years, but gave up the idea in the end. See more »


Referenced in Cat Leopold: Kot Leopold vo sne i nayavu (1984) See more »

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Flying Asleep and Awake
4 December 2006 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

On the eve of his fortieth anniversary Sergei Makarov (Oleg Yankovsky), looks back at his life and learns that he has achieved nothing. He was not able to be happy and to bring happiness to the closest people in his life, neither to his long-suffering wife nor young mistress nor friends nor work... It is about the men who never grew up and could not find themselves in the time of stagnation – gifted, charming, but infantile and lost, they never were able to realize themselves...

This film became a super-hit in the Soviet Union of the eightieth. The audiences were divided into two camps. Some saw it as a personal insult, others - as a personal victory, as truth about their time and about themselves. When I saw it twenty four years ago, everyone was fascinated by the courage of the movie creators who chose a weak man, an anti-hero as a symbol of his times. When I saw it last night, the main character irritated me most of the time and I simply could not bring myself to sympathize or identify with him. Some of the best Russian actors gave very good performances (Oleg Yankovsky, Oleg Tabakov, Lyudmila Gurchenko and Nikita Mikhalkov in a short but memorable cameo) but the movie belongs to its era and it did not age well...

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17 January 1983 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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