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The Asthenic Syndrome (1989)

Astenicheskiy sindrom (original title)
In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher has got it, and it's not much fun.

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Kira Muratova
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Olga Antonova ... Natasha
Sergei Popov ... Nikolai
Galina Zakhurdaeva ... Masha (Blonde)
Natalya Buzko ... Masha (Brunette)
Aleksandra Svenskaya ... Teacher
Pavel Polishchuk ... Iunikov
Natalya Ralleva ... Mother
Galina Kasperovich Galina Kasperovich ... Nikolai's Wife
Viktor Aristov ... School Principal
Nikolai Semyonov Nikolai Semyonov ... Head Doctor
Oleg Shkolnik
Vera Storozheva
Aleksandr Chernykh Aleksandr Chernykh
Leonid Kushnir
Nadya Popova Nadya Popova ... Woman on Train
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In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher of epicly indifferent pupils, has got it, and it's not much fun. Worse yet, quite a few other people, even an entire society, seem to be afflicted with the same problem writ extremely large... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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a hard-core Mike Leigh's Naked
9 August 2000 | by demyanov.fury2207See all my reviews

Russian Mike Leigh's Naked, even more straight-in-the-face, even more disturbing and more poetic though painfully honest.

Truly full-blooded cinema, although astonishing in its hyperrealism and - if I may - psychological gore.

Also, probably the only film made by woman which cannot be referred to as a "film made by woman".

Highly recommended for M.Leigh's fans, plus - for some reason it feels logical - viewers interested in WongKarWai, MikeFiggis, maybe Jon Jost. However, I have to admit - whereas being close in its impact to WKW's Happy Together, it's not as romantic as Chungking Express/FallenAngels, hardly as nostalgic as Days of Being Wild and definitely different in many ways being compared to nearly anything either Figgis or Jost have ever done. ;-)


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

17 January 1991 (Germany) See more »

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Odessa Film Studios See more »
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