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Musulmanin (1995)

A Russian soldier who spent ten years in captivity in Afghanistan, returns to his home village and shocks all its inhabitants because of his conversion to Islam. During his absence, his ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Evgeniy Mironov ... Kolya Ivanov the Mussulman
Aleksandr Baluev ... Brother
Nina Usatova ... Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Agafonov
Ivan Bortnik
Vladimir Bykharyov Vladimir Bykharyov
Evdokiya Germanova ... Vera
Vladimir Ilin
Leonid Okunyov Leonid Okunyov
Aleksandr Peskov Aleksandr Peskov
Varvara Shabalina Varvara Shabalina
Valentina Svetlova Valentina Svetlova
Sergey Taramaev Sergey Taramaev
Pyotr Zaychenko ... Village Head
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A Russian soldier who spent ten years in captivity in Afghanistan, returns to his home village and shocks all its inhabitants because of his conversion to Islam. During his absence, his father hanged himself, his brother served a prison term and his former fiancée has become a woman of very low morals. The village is the scene of endless drinking while the local boss is selling off the land for dollars to new-rich Russians. Our hero turns out as the only sober and hard-working member of the community. However, his attachment to his new faith soon provokes the hatred and rejection of everyone else, including his own family. Written by Maywin Media AB <maywin@mbox200.swipnet.se>

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23 April 1995 (Russia) See more »

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Official submission of Russia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 68th Academy Awards in 1996. See more »

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About the life in the small Russian village and uneasy adaptation of the Russian soldier who has been an Afghan POW away from home for 7 years...
14 April 2005 | by heat48089See all my reviews

The film "Musul'manin" (or "Muslim") is about the return of the former Russian soldier who has been taken prisoner by Afghan warlords during Russia's long Afghan War (1975-85). Basically the theme of the movie is the moral breakdown and low-cultured existence of Russia's villages (and as far as this goes, 60% of Russian population lives in villages like the one shown) in the early-to-mid 90's (transitional years from Soviet Union to new Russia of today). The movie shows exceedingly well the main woes of Russia's society: ubiquitous alcoholism (and my fellow Russians, will have to agree that it's hardly exaggerated in the movie), larceny from the state by its citizens and from the citizens by the state, materialistic and opportunism-at-its-worst kind of mentality, boredom, lack of any entertainment, education or other facilities for youth, lack of basic necessities (like plumbing, sewing machines, roads, etc.), as well as unemployment (whether forced or voluntary). Add to that the "return of the soldier" plot with this soldier now being devout Muslim and being VERY pious, reverent and morally-righteous, unlike the rest of his home village This combination creates a lot of tension in the village, esp. between him and his alcoholic, out-of-control, ill-tempered and violent older brother, as well as between him and his new girl friend, mother and others. Film is got a little bit mystical side too, and a bit of thriller, but I don't want to give the surprise away, better watch it, :). So if you're interested in learning more about Russian culture, studying Russian language or just foreign movie enthusiasts, it's a good one to watch. One of the few best Afghan-related war movies as well.


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