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Lyubovnik (2002)

He thought he was in control of his own life. Then he lost his wife and thought it was the hardest hit he could handle. It was not.
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Credited cast:
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Charyshev
Sergey Garmash ... Ivan
Andrey Smirnov Andrey Smirnov ... Petya
Vera Voronkova ... Vera
Vladimir Yumatov ... Adik
Elena Laskavaya Elena Laskavaya ... Verbitskaya (as Elena Laskovaya)
Valeriy Prokhorov Valeriy Prokhorov ... Conductor
Irina Sokolova ... Sima
Irina Kartashyova Irina Kartashyova ... Liza (as Irina Kartashova)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pavel Adamchikov
Aleksandr Brankevich Aleksandr Brankevich
Olga Gudovich Olga Gudovich
Klassik-Avangard Klassik-Avangard ... (as Ensemble of lead singers 'Klassik-avangard' - Minsk)
Olga Klebanovich Olga Klebanovich
Mikhail Kochanovskiy Mikhail Kochanovskiy


He thought he was in control of his own life. Then he lost his wife and thought it was the hardest hit he could handle. It was not.

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Drama | Romance







Release Date:

24 October 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Любовник See more »

Filming Locations:

Minsk, Belarus

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Dolby Digital


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At the beginning of the first scene at Ivan's place, a poster with Lena's name is partially seen on the left-hand wall. We can only see the surname, Charysheva. See more »


[first lines]
Charyshev: Lena!
[goes to the window and closes the window leaf]
Charyshev: This stupid renovation...
[goes back to the table, sits down and looks for something on the table]
Charyshev: Lena!
[finds a pen and starts to write, then sees the painter come in]
Painter: Miss, I'll go get the paint.
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Tebya zdes net
by Aleksandr Tsfasman
Played during one of the scenes at Ivan's place and in the closing credits
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A boring Russian movie about whining featuring an artistic pretense.
20 February 2003 | by alex_kleimenovSee all my reviews

It's a boring movie about a middle-aged man Dmitry who, after burying his younger wife Elena, finds out she had a lover for 15 years-that's the age of both their marriage and their son. Worse: all of Elena's relatives and friends turn out to have known about her affair. The widower and the lover then meet and engage into the most aimless pursuit of figuring out how long? When? What? And whose is the son? Valeri Todorovsky, the movie's director, must have thought he was unearthing the deepest layers of the so-called big Russian soul. What he succeeded in was a grim movie about male impotence. That impotence is the main characters' inability to overcome their grief and re-enter the world around them. As a way of coming to terms with it, Dmitry--representative of `intelligentsia' and a linguist--starts using foul language in class-something totally unacceptable in the Russian culture. Visuals in the movie are good as individual photographs but not as Motion pictures. Photography, that could be used to counterbalance Dmitry's hopelessness, only worsens the overall grim mood. A crane shot at the cemetery looks like it belongs in a music video. As I was watching the movie in a ¾-filled theater, I kept hearing hysterical laughter and applause in reaction to certain scenes. The movie does have its grotesque moments and a good deal of sarcasm, but they are buried in endless banalities. The funny thing is, the only people who applauded when the credits rolled, appeared to have been somehow related to the film crew. Ferzan Ozpetek's `Le Fate Ignoranti' is a much more interesting take on the same subject.

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