7.0/10
216
3 user 3 critic

S.E.R. - Svoboda eto rai (1989)

Young Sasha is brought into a state-run children's home because his mother died early and his father spends most of his life in prison. The conditions are like in a penal institution. Sasha... See full summary »

Director:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)

Writer:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)
Reviews
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Bodrov, Susanna Mekhraliyeva
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A band of young musicians is looking for fees across the steppe in an ramshackle old bus. During their tour, starving, they kill a cow but they don't know what to do with it. They will also... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Valentina Talyzina, Amanguelious Esslbaev, Anis Sadykov
Syostry (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two young girls, Sveta and Dina, go on the run to avoid being kidnapped by the former associates of Dina's recently released gangster father.

Director: Sergey Bodrov
Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Katya Gorina, Roman Ageev
Bear's Kiss (2002)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A fairy tale-like love story between young circus artist Lola and the bear Misha, who one day transforms into a human.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Rebecka Liljeberg, Joachim Król, Sergey Bodrov
The Quickie (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A crime soap opera about a Russian mobster retiring from "the business" on New Year's Eve, only to discover he has been targeted for death by a rival mobster.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brenda Bakke
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Tatyana Vasileva, André Dussollier, Aleksey Zharkov
Doch yakudzy (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Directors: Sergei Bodrov, Gulshat Omarova
Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Anna Mikhalkova, Sergey Garmash
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

We all live on the same planet, under one sun which nurtures and renews our unique and common hopes for the future. No matter how much we differ from each other in color, ethnicity and ... See full summary »

Directors: Ali Asgari, Sergei Bodrov, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Ercan Özcelik, Peter Linka, Anna Herczenik
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun
Brat 2 (2000)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Here goes "kirdyk" to America, as it was promised in first part.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergey Makovetskiy
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Directors: Amanbek Alpiyev, Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Gulshat Omarova, Aigerim Bekkulova, Natalya Arinbasarova
Kalashnikov (2019)
Biography
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Sergey Bodrov
Aleksandr Bureyev Aleksandr Bureyev
Svetlana Gaytan ... Klava
I. Khanbudagov I. Khanbudagov ... (as Ilham Khanbudagov)
Vladimir Kosyrev Vladimir Kosyrev ... Sasha
Luiza Mosendz
Kseniya Nazarova
Valeriya Prikhodchenko Valeriya Prikhodchenko
Sergey Shkalikov
Vytautas Tomkus
Edit

Storyline

Young Sasha is brought into a state-run children's home because his mother died early and his father spends most of his life in prison. The conditions are like in a penal institution. Sasha tries several times to escape and to search for his father. Written by Mirko Thiessen <mirko_thiessen@web.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1989 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Freiheit ist ein Paradies See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in A Story of Children and Film (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Freedom is paradise-An honest film by Mr.Sergei Bodrov who depicts the tough lives of a reform school's inmates.
11 August 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

"S.E.R.-Svoboda Eto Rai"/"Freedom is paradise" is an extremely bleak albeit realistic portrayal of the tough life experienced by an inmate belonging to a reform school for juvenile delinquents. Tadpoles is the name given by school authorities to young offenders whose criminal parents are also holed up in different Russian prisons. It is in such an extremely biased and hostile environment that an ingenious boy Sasha Grigoriyev undertakes an arduous journey in order to meet his father who is lodged in a faraway prison. Freedom is paradise made its appearance in 1989, a year when all the world's eyes were set on former USSR as general secretary of Russian communist party Mr.Mikhail Gorbachev had initiated "Glasnost" and "Perestroika"-two political policies which aimed at more "openness" in Russian society. It was in such a highly politically charged environment that Sergei Bodrov chose to depict the plight of Russia's undesirable, unloved and unwanted children-young delinquents about which nobody cared as they were viewed by all and sundry as a burden for civilized society in former Soviet Union. Mr.Sergei Bodrov's film is able to engage viewers as it takes into account different kinds of human sufferings. This is one reason why he did not neglect the portrayal of the suffering experienced by Sasha's father-an unfortunate man who has been deprived of his right of parenting on some flimsy grounds. However, it is Sasha's journey to see his unknown father which is viewed as this film's most crucial element which manages to have a firm grip of viewers' attention. This effect is achieved aesthetically as Mr.Sergei Bodrov gives his film a unique feel of documentary as well as feature film elements. It is precisely this 'eye for details' which enables viewers to empathize with all the problems which Sasha experiences in order to embrace his father. Lastly, a word of advice to viewers-in many ways, Freedom is paradise can be put into the same category of films which dealt with young criminals namely Los Olvidados, Pixote etc but this film emerges as a different film as it conveys its message while being entertaining for all.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed