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The Envy of Gods (2000)

Zavist bogov (original title)
The film takes place in early autumn 1983 in Moscow, in an atmosphere of acute cold war (including the war in Afghanistan, the incident with the South Korean "Boeing", etc.).The main ... See full summary »


Vladimir Menshov
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Alentova ... Sonya
Anatoliy Lobotskiy Anatoliy Lobotskiy ... André
Aleksandr Feklistov ... Sergey
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard
Irina Skobtseva ... Sonya's mother
Vladlen Davydov ... Sonya's father
Lyudmila Ivanova ... Sergey's mother
Larisa Udovichenko ... Irina
Vladimir Eryomin ... Igor
Marina Dyuzheva ... Natasha
Leonid Trushkin Leonid Trushkin ... Vadim
Viktor Pavlov ... Vilen
Aleksandr Voroshilo Aleksandr Voroshilo ... Krapivin
Yuri Kolokolnikov ... Sonya's son (as Yuriy Kolokolnikov)
Igor Kirillov Igor Kirillov ... Self


The film takes place in early autumn 1983 in Moscow, in an atmosphere of acute cold war (including the war in Afghanistan, the incident with the South Korean "Boeing", etc.).The main heroine of the picture Sonia (Vera Alentova) is editor in television, she has a son, a graduate of the school, and her husband Sergey (Alexander Feklistov) is quite a successful Soviet writer. One day to visit them coming Frenchman Bernard (Gérard Depardieu), with whom he met Sergey while working on a book about the French Resistance, accompanied by a French translator of Russian descent named André (Anatoly Lobotsky). André also have a family in Paris. However, the meeting turned their lives. André falls in love with Sonia at first sight and emphatically looking for a new meeting with her. Sonia, a faithful wife, educated in the Soviet tradition of chastity, at first refuses; moreover that employees of Soviet television are not allowed to enter unsupervised contact with foreigners. But André still gets ...

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Drama | Romance


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Compelling drama
17 August 2005 | by janeizSee all my reviews

This story has been told many times. Married woman with half grown/up son falls in love with stranger and prepares to leave everything behind for this - last ? - great love. But the acting in this film is great, especially Vera Alentova, and the ending is heart-breaking. I also like the way in which the life of non-underground intellectuals in Moscow is depicted and the settings, the dream-like quality of the environment when life is like a dream. Like all Russian films, it tends to be a bit to long and the love of the absurd sometimes threatens to take over the story (again, when the main persons live their dream) but all in all it is such a well made and acted film it will 'stay with you' some days after you've seen it.

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16 October 2000 (Russia) See more »

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