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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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Sergey Dreyden ...
Nikolai Tchijov (as Serguéi Dontsov)
Viktor Mikhaylov ...
Gorokhov (as Victor Mikhailov)
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Véra (as Nina Oussatova)
Kira Kreylis-Petrova ...
la belle-mére de Gorokhov (as Kira Kreylis-Pétrova)
Natalya Ipatova ...
la fille de Gorokhov
Viktor Gogolev ...
Kouzmitch (as Victor Gogolév)
Tamara Timofeeva ...
Maria Olégovna (as Tamara Timofééva)
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Goulialév (as Andréi Ourgante)
Jean Rupert ...
M. Prévost
Malka Ribowska ...
La dame en noir
Bernard Cassus-Soulanis ...
Le poseur d'alarmes
Vladimir Kaliche ...
Ivanov
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Pétrov (as Alexéi Zalivalov)
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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One of the few good comedies of this decade
20 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

What a marvelous and multi-faceted film! Accurately but humorously portrays Communist Russia's class struggle and communal life. Juxtaposes an educated musician against blue-collar "bloodsucking" neighbors, as well as bleak Leningrad against the colorful splendors of Paris. A wonderful metaphor for the utopia many dream of finding: our chances of reaching it are limited, and when the opportunity presents itself, some throw themselves fearlessly into it, others hesitate until it is too late, while still others fail to recognize that they're already there. One of the few films that can be viewed hundreds of times and never grow old.


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