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Window to Paris (1993)

Okno v Parizh (original title)
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Nikolai (played by Sergei Dontsov) has been fired from his job as a music teacher and has to live in the gym until he finds a place to stay. Finally, he gets a communal room in the ... See full summary »

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Yuri Mamin

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Vyacheslav Leykin (additional writing), Yuri Mamin | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agnès Soral ... Nicole
Sergey Dreyden ... Nikolai Tchijov (as Serguéi Dontsov)
Viktor Mikhaylov ... Gorokhov (as Victor Mikhailov)
Nina Usatova ... Véra (as Nina Oussatova)
Kira Kreylis-Petrova ... la belle-mére de Gorokhov (as Kira Kreylis-Pétrova)
Natalya Ipatova Natalya Ipatova ... la fille de Gorokhov
Viktor Gogolev Viktor Gogolev ... Kouzmitch (as Victor Gogolév)
Tamara Timofeeva ... Maria Olégovna (as Tamara Timofééva)
Andrey Urgant ... Goulialév (as Andréi Ourgante)
Jean Rupert Jean Rupert ... M. Prévost
Malka Ribowska Malka Ribowska ... La dame en noir
Bernard Cassus-Soulanis Bernard Cassus-Soulanis ... Le poseur d'alarmes
Vladimir Kaliche Vladimir Kaliche ... Ivanov
Aleksei Zalivalov ... Pétrov (as Alexéi Zalivalov)
Aleksei Kozodayev Aleksei Kozodayev ... Sidorov (as Alexéi Kozodaév)
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Nikolai (played by Sergei Dontsov) has been fired from his job as a music teacher and has to live in the gym until he finds a place to stay. Finally, he gets a communal room in the apartment of Gorokhov (Victor Mikhalkov). The room's previous inhabitant, an old lady, has died a year ago, and yet her cat, Maxi, is still in the locked room, healthy and fat. Soon, Nikolai and his neighbours discover the mystery: there is a window to Paris in the room. That's when the comedy begins - will the Russians be able to cope with the temptation to profit from the discovery? Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Country:

Russia | France

Language:

Russian | French

Release Date:

17 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Window to Paris See more »

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Gross USA:

$255,088
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Good movie with comedy and sorrow
6 April 2008 | by michaelk-18See all my reviews

I originally saw this movie as a Blockbuster VHS rental. That was quite some time ago, but still remembered it. Blockbuster doesn't have it anymore. Netflix didn't have it and there weren't many copies on the web -- only a few spendy VHS copies. Recently did finally find it available in DVD form on eBay for a reasonable price (in PAL format, but our DVD player will play PAL discs on our NTSC TV).

Wife and I both enjoyed it. The style of the movie is a bit strong, and many if not most of the parts are rather strongly over-played as if amateurs were making it(especially the kids), but it's not bothersome. The contrasts of societies are accentuated in the overplay.

There is a bit of political preaching in terms of saying that the young in Russia shouldn't try to escape their not-so-great life but instead should at least try to make things better first. But that's not dominant. It's fairly humorous most of the time.

Some downplaying of the west commented upon by others isn't that at all IMO, I take it as a comment about expectations of the Russian characters. At least when taken from my western viewpoint. Perhaps it's a downplay of the west from a Russian viewpoint (which it is literally by the characters saying it).

I can't say how literally true to the film the English subtitles are, but I can say that the subtitles were done very well, full of English idioms as if done by a native English speaker -- complete with "colorful" language.


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