Looking for the money for a drink, an alcoholic gets a Newfoundland dog as a present from a stranger at a bird fair. He'll soon find out that the animal is not only able to speak, but to ... See full summary »

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Nikolay «Kolyun» Nikitin
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Drug's owner
Viktor Uralskiy ...
Mitka
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Eleonora Frantsevna
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Andreich
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Woman with a dog
Tatyana Kochemasova ...
Nikolay's ex-wife
Natalya Korenchenko ...
Lena (as Natasha Korenchenko)
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Zina
Sofya Gorshkova ...
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Dry-cleaner's worker
Aleksandra Kharitonova ...
Nikolay's neighbour
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Knacker
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Dry-cleaner's worker
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Drug (voice)
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Looking for the money for a drink, an alcoholic gets a Newfoundland dog as a present from a stranger at a bird fair. He'll soon find out that the animal is not only able to speak, but to get him to give up drinking as well. Now he's determined to get rid of the dog, but that won't be an easy task. Written by Mario

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May 1988 (Soviet Union)  »

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very impressive macabre and grotesque drama - or should I say tragedy
17 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Even in Russia where alcoholism is a national scourge and - to say so - national art's topic - there are not many movies that shows with such vividness and strenghth all the hell and total chaos and insanity of the life of a alco-path. You must see this man, his flat which looks like Hell landscape and his doings that are caricature and horrible at the same time - REALLY horrible since that man ends violating moral law... And betrayal of a friend - the only being sympathized him and one sent to save him - plunged this man into "outer darkness where is weeping and gnashing of teeth". Still the man is not evil in himself - he's possessed. And in the moments of sobriety his suffering are sharp. One of the best works of splendid Sergei Shakurov. Also the film is notable as animal movie - the spectator is just completely charmed by this second figure in the story - Newfoundland dog called Drug (Friend)... The songs and poetry by Alexander Rosenbaum also worth noting


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