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Little Vera (1988)

Malenkaya Vera (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 April 1989 (USA)
A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment ... See full summary »

Director:

Vasili Pichul

Writer:

Mariya Khmelik
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natalya Negoda ... Vera
Andrey Sokolov ... Sergei
Yuriy Nazarov ... Otets
Lyudmila Zaytseva ... Maty
Aleksandr Negreba Aleksandr Negreba ... Victor (as Aleksandr Alekseyev-Negreba)
Aleksandra Tabakova Aleksandra Tabakova ... Chistyakova
Andrey Fomin Andrey Fomin ... Andrei
Aleksandr Mironov ... Tolik
Aleksandr Lenkov ... Mikhail Petrovich
Vadim Zakharchenko ... (as V. Zakharchenko)
Mariya Khmelik Mariya Khmelik ... (as M. Khmelik)
Anatoliy Vasilev ... (as A. Vasilev)
Gennady Goryachev Gennady Goryachev ... (as G. Goryachev)
Ye. Maryutina Ye. Maryutina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ye. Fishkina Ye. Fishkina
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A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment with her mother and father, however being this close to each other makes the living get rough. Their daily life is plagued with massive amounts of alcohol (mainly vodka) and when she tries to escape her home life, she meets up with a boyfriend, Sergei who then moves into her already small apartment after sleeping with her. Every day little Vera has to go through hell just to get by, which even involves her going against her own morals after her father has done something extremely wrong. Written by Rosa Thompson

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Vera See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,262,598
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Fine for a grungy indie
25 November 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Vera is a rebellious daughter of dissatisfied proletariat parents. Her father Kolya is an alcoholic. They keep referring to her older brother Victor who is a success in Moscow. They don't like her lifestyle or her friends. She falls for Sergei and decides to marry. It raises the tension in the family. Sergei and and Kolya don't get along. Sergei starts living with the family but it doesn't go well in one violent drunken confrontation.

The film looks pretty grainy and weak compared to most indies of that time. It was sold as the first sex scene in Soviet cinema but there is nothing erotic about this movie. It is gritty, and dirty. The overbearing poverty is the backdrop. That is the more compelling aspect. The story of a rebellious daughter and family dysfunction is not necessarily original. It is somewhat new to see it portrayed about Russia at that time. The movie is filled with a downtrodden sadness and that goes for the lead actress Natalya Negoda. It's fine as a grungy indie and notable for being a Soviet film.


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