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ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natan Eidelman ... Narrator (voice)
... Ambal
German Shorr ... Chir
Ilya Ivanov ... Shar
... Major
Viktor Tsoy ... Himself
Sergei Ryzhenko ... Himself
Timur Novikov ... Himself
Andrei Krisanov ... Himself
Georgi Guryanov ... Himself (as G. Guryanov)
Kirill Kozakov ... Platon Zubov
... Alexander I
Dmitriy Dolinin ... Paul I
Andrei Khalyavin ... Boroda
Irena Kuksenaite ... Boroda's Companion
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ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century assassination plot. Written by Andrew Obin <aobin@lehman.com>

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ASSA
31 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Assa" gained a cult following in Russia upon its initial release, and I suppose that it still can be considered so. The movie is not very easy to get into. It's long, very slow-paced, and quite dark in terms of actual colors as well as atmosphere. Artistically, it has some good things going for it including the soundtrack, the actors' performances and some arty injections. I still don't think that the movie is as great as some people paint it out to be, although, one could probably argue that it, in a way, strided to fill a gap, one way or the other, for the young, subculture-oriented Russian 80's generation. Using the Soloviev connection, I'll say that if "Chernaya roza - emblema pechali..." was an, inverted, absurdistic take on later-period Soviet life, then "Assa" portrays a tragic clash between idealistic innocence and harsh Soviet reality.


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