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Assia lives in a small Russian village, populated by useless alcoholics. She sells eggs and alcohol to her neighbors, and everybody is happy. But one day, her hen lays a golden egg, and Assia may have a golden opportunity. Now her life becomes miserable, because of her jealous neighbors. —Steve Shelokhonov
Pleasing low budget comic modern fairy tale set in a Russian village
A return to where it all started for Konchalovsky. This comic retelling of the goose that laid the golden egg story was shot on location in a Russian peasant village and employs an almost entirely non-professional cast. This grounds the picture's fairy tale plot in a convincingly authentic world. The film is fresh and funny and the social comment that there is is presented with a light touch. Pic works both as a fairy tale comedy and as a fascinating glimpse into the lives of ordinary Russian peasants. It's hard to believe this is from the man who directed "Tango and Cash".
- Sep 28, 2001
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