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Country of the Deaf (1998)

Strana glukhikh (original title)
Alyosha has a gambling problem and his girlfriend becomes a stripper to help pay off his debt.
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Credited cast:
Chulpan Khamatova ... Rita
Dina Korzun ... Yaya
Maksim Sukhanov ... Svinya ("The Pig")
Nikita Tyunin Nikita Tyunin ... Alyosha
Aleksandr Yatsko ... The Albino
Aleksey Gorbunov ... Landlord
Pavel Poymalov ... Mao (as Pavel Paymalov)
Sergey Yushkevich ... Nuna
Alexey Diakov ... Molodoy (as Aleksey Dyakov)
Andrei Dubovsky
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oleg Valkman Oleg Valkman ... Bandit


Alyosha has a gambling problem and his girlfriend becomes a stripper to help pay off his debt.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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When Rita is walking on the deck of the casino-boat to meet Alyosha, the camera shadow is visible. See more »


Landlord: Okay now - waiting for a plane...
Molodoy: I feel sorry for the girl... It would be well to fuck her at first.
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Beautiful and sad, very artistic parable
10 June 2000 | by SeefrilSee all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of contemporary Russian cinema, but this time it surprised me a lot. This is a movie of totally different kind: smart, precise and artistic. It is not about contemporary Russian life (although the sense of `different life' is everywhere in this move). And it's not about criminals: like in `Hana-bi' and `Sonatine' of Takeshi Kitano, crime is only a symbol. The story is not realistic too. It is done as a deep parable, instead.

The feeling of a `deaf world' is totally believable. The directing is great. The performances are outstanding. Praise to the new Russian cinema, complex and sincere.

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Russia | France

Release Date:

21 July 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les silencieuses See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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