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A chronicle of a Soviet family folk-band founded by a mother of six.

Director:

Denis Evstigneev

Writer:

Arif Aliev
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nonna Mordyukova ... Polina Yuryeva
Vladimir Mashkov ... Nikolai Yuryev
Oleg Menshikov ... Lyonchik Yuryev
Evgeniy Mironov ... Pavel Yuryev
Mikhail Krylov Mikhail Krylov ... Yuri Yuryev
Aleksey Kravchenko ... Vasili Yuryev
Elena Panova Elena Panova ... Young Polina Yuryeva
Andrey Panin ... Yuryev-father
Maksim Sukhanov ... Hospital chief
Nikolay Chindyaykin ... Doctor
Pavel Lebeshev Pavel Lebeshev ... Icebreaker captain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valeri Doronin
Natalya Pozdnyakova Natalya Pozdnyakova
Valentina Tolkunova ... (voice)
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Storyline

This story began a long time ago. After Polina, a mother of six, loses her husband, who went to jail for stealing charcoal and was killed when he tried to escape, she stays behind without any support. To be able to survive, Polina and her family start a folk group. But soon she understands that her children deserve a better fate, and she takes the desperate decision to steal a plane and go abroad... Fifteen years later, Polina is released from prison and finds out that fate has scattered her children all over the country: one is in the army, another is a miner in the Donbass, and the oldest, Lyonchik, who used to be in a mental institution, now pretends to be insane. Polina gathers all of her sons to free their older brother from the psychiatric hospital... In this movie the three most famous actors of our generation - Oleg Menshikov, Vladimir Mashkov and Evgeny Mironov - come together for the first time. For the first time they work together with the icon of Soviet cinema Nonna ... Written by russart.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

31 March 1999 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Mommy See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Image of an organism
22 April 2007 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

Vision about Soviet realities.

Touching drama about hope, love and expectations, about ways and sacrifices, about illusion as form of survive, about lies and ambiguous success.

A mother, her six sons, a children band and temptation to escape beyond the Soviet Union. Failure, some years in jail, and, after a time, the meeting of family .

Questions, pains of soul, memories and different lives, searches of life sense and shadows of present.

Slices of guilt,the mother as axis of past and present, as root of sons lives and instrument of strange filling.

The image of family like an organism. A breath, an emotion, same perception of reality. The salvation of ill brother, the projects for future, the rumors, the quarrels and the presence of mother as heart of organism, like supreme authority of destinies and time.

Images of Russian soul, with traces of soul tempest, subtle angst, hours like resin trickle.

A film about don quixotic gesture and final peace. About senses of moments and the importance of love.


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