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A popular middle-aged writer is warned by a fortuneteller that strange things are about to happen to him. He then meets a man, who claims to be him. The writer uses this bizarre situation to change his life and take revenge.

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Eldar Ryazanov

Writers:

Alexandre Mnouchkine (French dialogue) (as Aleksandr Mnushkin), Eldar Ryazanov (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Basilashvili ... Oleg Gorunov
Irène Jacob ... Lyuda (as Iren Zhakob)
Andrey Sokolov ... Young Oleg
Aleksey Zharkov ... Poplavskiy
Aleksandr Pashutin
Roman Kartsev
Caroline Silhol Caroline Silhol ... Oksana (as Karolin Siol)
Zoya Zelinskaya
Arina Morozova Arina Morozova ... (as Irina Morozova)
Irina Nekrasova Irina Nekrasova
Alyona Buzylyova Alyona Buzylyova ... (as A. Buzylyova)
Sergey Stepanchenko ... (as S. Stepanchenko)
Andrei Ignatov Andrei Ignatov ... (as A. Ignatov)
V. Yeltsov V. Yeltsov
Aleksandr Rezalin ... (as A. Rezalin)
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A popular middle-aged writer is warned by a fortuneteller that strange things are about to happen to him. He then meets a man, who claims to be him. The writer uses this bizarre situation to change his life and take revenge.

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Country:

Russia | France

Language:

Russian | French

Release Date:

24 November 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prediction See more »

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Trivia

At the beginning of the shooting Irène Jacob did not speak any Russian. He offered Irène to speak in French, but she categorically refused. Irène Jacob memorized Russian text written in Latin letters, so in the film her articulation and movement of the lips is exactly met by the original Russian pronunciation. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Russian version is entirely in the Russian language. The voice of the character played by is dubbed by a Russian actress. See more »

Soundtracks

Ty ukroy menya snegom, zima
Written by Andrei Petrov and Eldar Ryazanov
Performed by Alexander Malinin
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Unstrung and faulty
21 August 2006 | by Cristi_CiopronSee all my reviews

This is a very unsatisfying and heterogeneous movie,a hotchpotch;its main deficiency is the script,the story,which is weak,stupid,cheap,and of too many sorts:it starts as a fantastic movie,it goes on as a crime movie,then as a love story,then as cheap melodrama.The director did not know what he wanted with his paranoiac movie (the lead is tracked by communists,Nazis,Mafiosi).Nonetheless,we get some quality acting (some good performances are the only thing that holds),and the Mrs. Jacob nude scene.

The movie begins rather well (the villainous virologist,etc.),then it flops.It has too many defects.The director bets on schmaltz.

The messy script finally ruins the film.The lack of coherence does the same.

The older "Oleg" ( Basilashvili) was a miscast.How would a woman like Mrs. Jacob fall in love with this tedious,insipid,unfit old-timer who looks like an old wife?


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