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Vlyublyon po sobstvennomu zhelaniyu (1982)

Two people: Igor, an ex-athlete aimlessly living and chasing rubles to get drunk and Vera, an ugly duck librarian, try to find their luck by planning to fall in love with each other based on 'psychological conditioning'.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Igor Bragin
Evgeniya Glushenko ... Vera Silkova
Vsevolod Shilovskiy ... Kolya (as V. Shilovskiy)
Irina Reznikova ... Natasha (as I. Reznikova)
Yuriy Dubrovin ... Petrushin (as Yu. Dubrovin)
Vladimir Belousov ... Gena (as V. Belousov)
Yuriy Kopich Yuriy Kopich ... Mikhail Petrovich (as Yu. Kopich)
Kira Kreylis-Petrova ... Vera's Mother (as K. Kreylis-Petrova)
Ivan Ufimtsev Ivan Ufimtsev ... Hapless Boyfriend-artist
Svetlana Shershneva Svetlana Shershneva ... Library Employee (as S. Shershneva)
Natalya Egorova ... Blasphemous Holidaymaker (as N. Egorova)
Sergey Losev ... Factory Planner (as S. Losev)
Zinaida Afanasenko Zinaida Afanasenko ... The Speculator (as Z. Afanasenko)
Natalya Kononova Natalya Kononova ... The Journalist (as N. Kononova)
Nina Skomorokhova Nina Skomorokhova ... The Librarian (as N. Skomorokhova)


Life accidentally pushed two people. A former sportsman, now a sharp grinder, a hard worker, but a charming young man Igor and a librarian Vera, an outwardly unattractive but heartfelt girl who has fallen from hopeless carousels, conclude an agreement: using auto-training to fall in love with each other, but when they have none of this did not work out, they fell in love with each other sincerely, without any auto-training. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Soviet Union



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1 November 1982 (Soviet Union) See more »

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A film of unexpected philosophical depth
20 May 2005 | by evgeniy77See all my reviews

A great metaphor is stated in this film: "We are porcupines traveling at night across a cold desert. We want to get warm by hugging or cuddling together. However, something that protects us from the outside world, our needles are preventing us from doing so. So instead of allowing us to get close to each other, we jab anyone who tries to do so." This is the kind of philosophical depth, I had not anticipated from what I thought was just a simple comedy. I REdiscovered this a year ago on Russian satellite "all-movie" channel "RTVI+" or "Nashe Kino". Obviously, when this film came out it was "beyond me" as I was only 5 years old.

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