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A Friend of the Deceased (1997)

Priyatel pokoynika (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 May 1998 (USA)
Tolla takes out a contract on himself and then changes his mind.


Andrei Kurkov (novel)
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Lazarev ... Anatoli
Anzhelika Nevolina ... Katia
Elena Korikova ... Marina
Tetyana Kryvytska Stang Lund ... Lena / Vika (as Tatyana Krivitskaya)
Evgeniy Pashin ... Dima
Sergey Romanyuk ... Ivan (as Serhiy Romaniuk)
Anatoliy Mateshko ... Boris
Konstantin Kostyshin Konstantin Kostyshin ... Kostia
Valentina Iliashenko ... Barmaid
Rostislav Yankovskiy ... Igor Lvovich
Aleksey Goncharenko ... Vadim Semyonovich
Shubra Chakraborti Shubra Chakraborti
Elena Stefanska ... Alissa
Boris Zelenetski ... Photographer
Tamara Plashenko ... Judge


Tolla is an unemployed translator whose wife is leaving him. Despondent and weak, he submits to the suggestion of an acquantance to have a contract placed on the man that his wife is seeing. Instead, however, he arranges for the hit to be placed on himself. Before the contract is executed, he develops a relationship with a prostitute, and then changes his mind. In order to survive he takes the obvious course of action, which turns out to have possibly been unnecessary, and then he must deal with the guilt. Written by Thomas Barber

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »



France | Ukraine


Russian | English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Friend of the Deceased See more »

Filming Locations:

Kiev, Ukraine


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Did You Know?


Official submission of Ukraine for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. See more »

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I was happy to find this on the video store shelf
2 April 2002 | by chasjensenSee all my reviews

This movie was a lot of fun. It consisted of all the elements that make for a relaxing evening on the couch, simply being entertained by a good story well told (but only if subtitles don't scare you). The lead character was charming and sincere, the situations he was getting into at his age and in his country were believable, as were his solutions.

The supporting cast helped too. Typecast to a "T", each one of them made us look forward to their next scene. And we weren't disappointed, they were featured when they were needed and fit into the story like the pieces of a puzzle.

And the wonderful location shots. One of our favorite reasons for viewing foreign films is for the locations. Seeing the streets of Paris, Moscow, The Ukraine, wherever the movies take us.

We were happy to see this film sitting on the shelf at the video store and it gives us hope that there will be more like it when we go back.

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