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Sisters (2001)

Syostry (original title)
Two young girls, Sveta and Dina, go on the run to avoid being kidnapped by the former associates of Dina's recently released gangster father.

Director:

Sergey Bodrov

Writers:

Gulshat Omarova (as Gulshad Omarova), Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov Sr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oksana Akinshina ... Sveta
Katya Gorina ... Dina
Roman Ageev ... Alik, Dina's Father
Tatyana Kolganova Tatyana Kolganova ... Natasha, Girls' Mother
Dmitriy Orlov ... Palych
Kirill Pirogov ... Gangster
Aleksandr Bashirov ... Seifullin
Andrey Krasko ... Uncle Misha
Tatyana Tkach ... Grandmother
Sergey Bodrov ... Guy from SUV
Olga Onishchenko Olga Onishchenko
Roman Zentsov Roman Zentsov
Dmitry Delov Dmitry Delov ... Bandit in Car
Andrei Semyonov Andrei Semyonov
Andrei Gryaznov
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Storyline

Two young girls, Sveta and Dina, go on the run to avoid being kidnapped by the former associates of Dina's recently released gangster father.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | Romany

Release Date:

10 May 2001 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Sisters See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Sergey Bodrov, his father, Sergei Bodrov, told him the story and he wrote the script based on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Natasha, Girls' Mother: [voice from the answering machine] Hello. Please leave your message after the tone.
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Connections

References Brat 2 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Voyna
Written by Viktor Tsoy (as V. Tsoy)
Performed by Kino
Played when bandits approach the house where Sveta and Dina are hiding
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A slow-paced but touching film about survival in modern Russia
16 September 2001 | by rbreenSee all my reviews

Directed by gangster movie heartthrob Sergei Bodrov Junior, this might be expected to be a shoot-'em up gangster caper movie. It isn't - in very Russian fashion, it's more about characters and issues than shooting, and while there are a couple of violent incidents, the pace is slow and the tone solemn.

The two sisters at the centre of the film - thirteen year old Sveta, poor and abandoned by her father, who longs to go off and be a sniper in the army, and spoilt eight-year old Dina, doted on by her gangster father - represent two very different aspects of modern Russia: the old, poor but moral; the young, cynical and money-obsessed. Sveta lives in a shabby home with her grandmother. Dina gets to live in a lavish apartment with their mother, and goes off to violin lessons. Not surprisingly, there's no love lost between the two.

But adversity, in the form of gang rivals on the search of some missing money and with few scruples about how to get their hands on it, throws the two together, plunging them into the Dickensian world of Russia's underground - dangerous and uncertain - and makes them value each other more than they ever have before. A couple of very naturalistic performances from the two makes this a fine, touching film.


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