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Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz (1999)

An innocent Russian call girl believes that she would make use of her influential contacts to get Swiss nationality.



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Credited cast:
Elena Panova ... Irina
... Charlotte De
... Alt-Divisionär Sturzenegger
... Dr. Alfred Waldvogel
... Direktor Vetterli
Marina Confalone ... Benedetta Hösli
... Claude Bürki
Hans-Peter Korff ... Nationalrat Tschanz
Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Alt Bundesrat von Gunten
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ulrich Beck
... Rudolf Stauffacher
Schuyler Landolt
Hilde Ziegler ... Frau Vetterli


An innocent Russian call girl believes that she would make use of her influential contacts to get Swiss nationality.

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Release Date:

3 August 2000 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Beresina  »

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1.85 : 1
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7 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

A delightful film that had me smiling to myself for much of its running time. Who would have thought that the Swiss could take themselves so "unseriously". Made to look like a political thriller with all its intrigues and political power plays, at its heart, it's superb and hugely entertaining satire about the small Alpine Nation, its past, its values and its fears. The very first few minutes left me a bit confused and made me wonder whether this was another of those "weird" films where you never quite know what's really going on. But those first few moments were forgotten very quickly, as the film picked up pace and got better and better. Elena Panova is great in her role, and I especially enjoyed her versions of the Swiss folk songs. "Luegid vo Baerg und Tal" with a Russian accent: There's something I never thought I'd ever hear. But it totally works. The surprise ending is brilliant, to say the least. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I wish there were more Swiss movies of this kind.

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