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Papa, umer Ded Moroz (1991)

A biologist, obsessed with the idea of writing a treatise on a new kind of mouse, becomes witness to a number of bizarre and horrific events, from his son's suicide, to the S&M engaged in ... See full summary »

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Evgeniy Yufit

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Vladimir Maslov, Aleksei Tolstoy (novel) (as Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy)
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Anatoliy Egorov Anatoliy Egorov
Ivan Ganzha Ivan Ganzha
Maksim Gribov Maksim Gribov
Lyudmila Kozlovskaya Lyudmila Kozlovskaya
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A biologist, obsessed with the idea of writing a treatise on a new kind of mouse, becomes witness to a number of bizarre and horrific events, from his son's suicide, to the S&M engaged in by respectable middle-aged men, to his own family's psychic morbidity. Written by Dimitry Eipides

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Country:

Soviet Union

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Russian

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1991 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy, Father Frost Is Dead See more »

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Dark poetry
20 December 2005 | by sprengerguidoSee all my reviews

Although I saw it more than ten years ago, I just noted that no one commented on this remarkable little film, a situation that demands rectification. It is, though, a strange movie. It's stylistic background is the type of Eastern European visual poetry usually associated with Tarkovski, Sokurov and Paradzhanov: Long shots, unusual narrative that stresses poetic intensity over plot and psychology, a general alignment to the metaphysical condition of human existence. Yet, Yufit's outlook is much darker than that of those above. The central character of this dissociated story travels to see relatives on the countryside, mostly sordid, listless characters that hardly ever talk. A group of men in black suits haunt the area, involving people in weird rituals. In a separate storyline, a blind old man and a sick-looking boy built mortal traps in a labyrinthine bunker. There is very little dialog, little sense of continuity and a deliberate lack of explanation. Yet, the atmosphere of the film is intense - otherwise it would not have stayed with me that long: It is as if all the hopes for redemption or ascension to a higher spiritual level that imbue the films of Tarkovski have ceased to exist and left a black hole, an icy emptiness: The sense of spiritual deprivation is overwhelming. Difficult, but recommended for the tiny audience it was made for.


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