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Little Vera (1988)

Malenkaya Vera (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 April 1989 (USA)
A teenage girl, who has just finished school feels trapped and aimless in her ordinary Russian family, supported by an alcoholic father, in a dull industrial town.


Vasili Pichul


Mariya Khmelik
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Credited cast:
Natalya Negoda ... Vera
Andrey Sokolov ... Sergei
Yuriy Nazarov ... Otets
Lyudmila Zaytseva ... Maty
Aleksandr Negreba ... Victor (as Aleksandr Alekseyev-Negreba)
Aleksandra Tabakova ... Chistyakova
Andrey Fomin Andrey Fomin ... Andrei
Aleksandr Mironov ... Tolik
Aleksandr Lenkov ... Mikhail Petrovich
Vadim Zakharchenko ... (as V. Zakharchenko)
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


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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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The title in Russian, 'Malenkaya Vera', is ambiguous and can also mean "Little Faith," symbolizing the characters' lack of hope (or a sparkle thereof). See more »


References Still of the Night (1982) See more »

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Married with children made in USSR (vhs)
10 September 2016 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

Maybe my title is a bit too much but it's the best way i found to depict this late soviet drama movie: as the funny American show, it's about a low income dysfunctional family with a sweet mother, a hard- working but grumpy father, a studious brother and a free daughter! Their life is set in an apocalyptic sea town with decaying ships, small and bare apartments! If this was the paradise of workers, I wonder what their hell was like? The future awaiting this teen is indeed bleak and falling in love is difficult. What's is sure is that they are left to communicate as they can't escape with things (except music, alcohol and food). In a way, they can't be spoiled and must care: Vera has only 4 dress! The cast is really good and this little Vera is moving as every lost souls I can meet in my films travels! For her and for the communist dream that comes apart from everywhere, this prophetic movie is a must see!

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28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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$23,950, 16 April 1989

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1.66 : 1
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