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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 his birthday might present an opportunity to change everything, or he might just lose it all instead.Written by
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I first saw this movie back in the 80's when I still was in my teens. Couldn't possibly understand the subject, but something struck me in Oleg Yankovskiy's performance. His Sergey was recognizable. Even familiar. I saw this man somewhere. Probably in my father, who was going through a little midlife crisis of his own at the time. So Yankovskiy's Sergey was genuine - tragic, lonely, selfish (and self-loathing at the same time), lost man. Looking for love while unable to feel love towards others. Even himself. It's not even love he is after, it's reassurance of his worth. On his self-destructive path he ruins not only his life, but few other's close to him.
And you despise him, feel for him, pity him and just wish that he (and those hurt by him) would walk away with least damage possible.
The movie is slow, but doesn't drag.
The way autumn (literally and symbolically) is translated to the screen does make you feel a little cold.
The acting is excellent from all involved with a standouts from Yankovskiy and Lyudmila Gurchenko.
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