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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 »

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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)
Gennadi Goryachev Gennadi 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

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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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A shocking film painted in shades of decay and rust
8 December 2007 | by kittinjcSee all my reviews

Little Vera is the story of a Russian teenager, her family, and her attempts to find meaning and value in a life sliding increasingly into decay. In her search for meaning, she falls in love with a more intellectual and rebellious Sergei, whose hatred for her deeply flawed parents quickly spirals out of control.

Little Vera is shocking and disturbing in nearly every way. The drinking of the father, the enabling and lack of understanding of the mother, the casual lies and misdirection of the brother, and Vera herself forgiving them all their flaws are all shocking and slightly disturbing to watch. However, the raw honesty of the film somehow manages to become even more shocking than the plot or characters. Set in cramped spaces and vast urban decay, Little Vera presented a vastly different view of Soviet life than had ever been seen before. In fact, Little Vera is a portrait of the collapse of Soviet society painted in shades of pain, desperation, and rust. It is the implosion of a family set against the implosion of an entire social order.

Although painful and desperately unsatisfying, the film itself is definitely worth seeing, if only to understand the feelings and cultures still reshaping Russia today.


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