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Chekhovskie motivy (2002)

Kira Muratova's "Checkhovskie motivy", adapted from a couple of works by the famous writer, concerns a man who, in the middle of his wedding, notices that in the audience is his deceased ex-lover.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sergey Bekhterev
Nina Ruslanova
Natalya Buzko
Philip Panov ... (as Filipp Panov)
Zhan Daniel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgiy Deliev
Vladimir Komarov
Sergei Popov
Olga Popova Olga Popova
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Kira Muratova's "Checkhovskie motivy", adapted from a couple of works by the famous writer, concerns a man who, in the middle of his wedding, notices that in the audience is his deceased ex-lover.

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Ukraine | Russia

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Russian

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11 January 2004 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Chekhov's Motifs See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Exotica , Erotica , Romantica...
5 December 2002 | by Jazz and MarkSee all my reviews

Unbelievable , but Muratova hasn't kept us waiting too long for another masterpiece . It's particularly notable , considering highly creative approach by which Muratova got us plunging into the weird atmosphere of Chechov . As usual it makes us feel a lot of contradictory moods...some kind of " emotional vacuum cups " .

I won't reveal anything new saying that Muratova's movies are extremely irritating . I suppose in " Chechov's Motives " she's done her best in this aspect.

There are always certain scenes or motives in her films which are particularly hard to perceive , let alone liking them at first sight . Sometimes it's necessary to come back to them several times to appreciate their condition or even relevance . Eventually each particle of story finds its irreplaceable location,but it takes time before we realize that.

While there are just several episodes in her other works which might be classified as " hard-to-swallow " , in " Chechov's Motives " we are exposed to 50-minute-patience-test in the sequence which can be called " An Educational Orthodox Wedding Guide For Enterings Church Establishments " . Undoubtedly this piece can be related in the same proportion as to Chechov as to Muratova . I guess if Chechov himself had been alive he would've appreciated such a syndicate.

Only here you will find a clergyman having served God for 40 years without believing in his existence ( if church let itself doubt , what can we say about its parishioners? ). Add to it self-made Nouveau Riches and Bohemians who arrived at " Sacred Procedure " which will turn into neverending ordeal as for participants as for viewers .

Twenty years later Muratova comes back to cinematic poetry . Almost amateur black and white image , genius editing of the final scene . It's just impossible not to point out the opera version of musical grotesque composed by V.Selivestrov , transfering us back in 1979 in another piece of art " Getting To Know A Big Wide World " . Definitely , Muratova and Sakurov are the only genuine directors left on the Post-Soviet stage.


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