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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 »


Sergey Solovyev (as Sergey Solovev)


Sergey Livnev, Sergey Solovyev (as Sergey Solovev)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natan Eidelman Natan Eidelman ... Golos ot avtora (voice)
Anatoly Slivnikov ... Ambal
German Shorr German Shorr ... Chir
Ilya Ivanov Ilya Ivanov ... Shar
Aleksandr Bashirov ... Mayor
Viktor Tsoy Viktor Tsoy ... Viktor Tsoy
Sergei Ryzhenko Sergei Ryzhenko ... Sergey - skripka
Timur Novikov Timur Novikov ... Timur - klavishnye
Andrei Krisanov Andrei Krisanov ... Andrey - bas-gitara
Georgi Guryanov Georgi Guryanov ... Gustav - udarnye (as Gustav Guryanov)
Kirill Kozakov Kirill Kozakov ... Platon Zubov (as Kirill Kazakov)
Aleksandr Domogarov ... Aleksandr I
Dmitriy Dolinin Dmitriy Dolinin ... Pavel I
Andrei Khalyavin Andrei Khalyavin ... Boroda - sotrudnik KGB
Irena Kuksenaite Irena Kuksenaite ... Sputnitsa Borody


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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The new generation of Russia stuck between the old Soviet tradition and the new corruption
2 February 2003 | by blckswanSee all my reviews

The face of Russia as it was in the 80's. The image of the young generation through the face of gloomy regime. Love story of 2 young people is stuck between the old norms of Soviet union and the new rising power of organized mafia, two ingredients which will affect the collapse of the 70 years socialist power. The young generation demand changes, and immediately but it's being suffocated by both sides of the old order, and the movie ends with legendary Viktor Tsoi's song "Changes" which became an anthem after Tsoi's tragic death in a car accident. A Parallel story in the movie is the murder of Russia's emperor on 12th March of 1801 which is probably a metaphor of constant corruption in Russia.

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Russian | French

Release Date:

April 1988 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Асса See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Krug, Mosfilm See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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