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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 ... See full summary »

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Leonid Kvinikhidze

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Eduard Akopov
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Credited cast:
Sergey Shakurov ... Nikolay «Kolyun» Nikitin
Anatoliy Romashin ... Drug's owner
Viktor Uralskiy ... Mitka
Galina Polskikh ... Eleonora Frantsevna
Igor Yasulovich ... Andreich
Elena Solovey ... Woman with a dog
Tatyana Kochemasova ... Nikolay's ex-wife
Natalya Korenchenko ... Lena (as Natasha Korenchenko)
Tatyana Yegorova ... Zina
Sofya Gorshkova ... Salesgirl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zoya Isaeva ... Dry-cleaner's worker
Aleksandra Kharitonova Aleksandra Kharitonova ... Nikolay's neighbour
Viktor Kremlyov ... Knacker
Ekaterina Kuravlyova ... Dry-cleaner's worker
Vasiliy Livanov ... 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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Soviet Union

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Russian

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May 1988 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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very impressive macabre and grotesque drama - or should I say tragedy
17 April 2000 | by FFCSee 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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