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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.

Director:

Roman Balayan

Writer:

Viktor Merezhko
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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)
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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 the Big 40 might present an opportunity to change everything, or he might just lose it all instead.... The Soviet update of the literary concept of the "superfluous man," filmed at the end of the Brezhnev Stagnation, was Balayan's most successful title. It was here that he first engaged Oleg Yankovsky, an actor who subsequently appeared in the majority of the director's films; without guile or pathos, he captures the existential dimension and contradictions of the morally questionable hero. The film surprisingly eluded the narrow gaze of the remorseless censors and was thus able to present audiences with a faithful portrayal of ... Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

17 January 1983 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Flights in Dreams and in Reality See more »

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Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Oleg Yankovskiy was also acting in Vlyublyon po sobstvennomu zhelaniyu (1982) by Sergey Mikaelyan and in the theatre while 'Polyoty vo sne i nayavu' was filmed, but still he enjoyed working on this film and called this role his favorite. Later on, he acted in five more films by Roman Balayan. See more »

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Excentric but beautiful
3 June 2018 | by amaboko123See all my reviews

Complicated, expressionist, with a bizarre storyline, if there is one. About an immature man that is lost at forty as he was always, living a meaningless life and playing with the ones close to him like a spoiled child. As difficult as a man as he can be, everyone seems to love and like him, even if he is hurting them constantly. All women love this charismatic kind of person, that makes them dream and evade of their own made reality, from the railway worker, to the lonely colleague that was once his lover. I was a bit surprised to see such a realistic portrait of a soviet town with pretty poor infrastructure and living conditions and it was before Gorbaciov. As in almost all russian movies of the time, one can see the alcohol excessive consumption, the enthusiastic nature of the russian soul and the good natured and helping russian citizen.


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