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Kukushka (2002)

The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anni-Kristiina Juuso ... Anni
Ville Haapasalo ... Veikko (as Ville Khaapasalo)
Viktor Bychkov ... Ivan or Psoltõ
Mikhail Korobochkin Mikhail Korobochkin
Aleksey Kashnikov Aleksey Kashnikov
Denis Aksyonov Denis Aksyonov
Aleksei Panzheyev Aleksei Panzheyev
Aleksandr Kuykka Aleksandr Kuykka
Vladimir Matveev Vladimir Matveev
Aleksandr Zubkin Aleksandr Zubkin
Vladimir Knysh Vladimir Knysh
Sergei Antonov Sergei Antonov
Valeri Yakovlev Valeri Yakovlev
Sergei Berzin Sergei Berzin
Aleksandr Melnikov Aleksandr Melnikov
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Storyline

September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police 'Smersh', has a narrow escape. They are soldiers of the two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives a shelter to both of them at her farm. For Anni they are not enemies, but just men. Written by Sony Classics Site

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She's Making Peace One Man at a Time.

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Drama | War | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Saami | Finnish | Russian | German

Release Date:

12 September 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gjøken See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,473, 13 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$243,187, 16 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

'Cuckoo' (as the bird) was military slang for a solitary sniper, the role Veikko is forced to masquerade as. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, the Russian jeep with Ivan as a prisoner on it is seen moving on a straight road and at low speed. However, the driver of the jeep makes abrupt steering movements which is incoherent with the path of the jeep shown. See more »

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Strangely compelling movie...
31 August 2003 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 8/30/2003 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Aleksandr Rogozhkin): Strangely compelling movie about three people who can't understand each other's spoken words but somehow understand each other in the end. The movie is set at the end of World War II and begins with a prisoner of war being left and chained to a rock with very little in the amount of rations left for him. For about an hour, the viewers are treated to watching the prisoner meticulously putting together and executing a plan to remove the chains and be free. At the same time, we are introduced to a woman who is seen burying the dead in a war-torn area but keeping what is usable. One soldier wakes up while she's doing the burying and she basically takes him in and nurses him back to life. These are the three central characters in the rest of the film. They are thrown together by chance at a the woman's hut with nothing in the way of `modern conveniences.' The viewer gets to watch these characters `try' to interact with some humorous exchanges with the intent of helping each other survive. While watching you can't help but wonder how the exchanges would have been different if the characters would have stopped talking and used more sign language and object identification to explain themselves, but I guess the movie wouldn't have lasted very long and wouldn't have been as interesting. And at least this movie was definetly `interesting' and very thought provoking. This is yet another entry from another country that cares more about the story and the characters then special effects & action. Hooray for the filmmakers for giving us this gem!!


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