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A Driver for Vera (2004)

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A General, who had sent for a cadet from the Kremlin Guard to work as his personal driver, decided to marry him to his physically disabled daughter

Director:

Pavel Chukhray

Writer:

Pavel Chukhray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Igor Petrenko Igor Petrenko ... Viktor
Elena Babenko ... Vera (as Alyona Babenko)
Bogdan Stupka ... General Serov
Andrey Panin ... Adjutant Saveliev
Ekaterina Yudina Ekaterina Yudina ... Maid Lida
Marina Golub Marina Golub ... Zinaida
Valeriy Barinov ... General Klimenko
Natalya Gudkova Natalya Gudkova ... Anzhela
Alisa Grebenshchikova ... Red
Dmitriy Vysotskiy Dmitriy Vysotskiy ... Cuban comrade Rojes
Aleksey Zelensky Aleksey Zelensky ... 1st Detective
Aleksandr Mezentsev ... Hospital Doctor
Vladimir Koval Vladimir Koval ... Gynecologist
Sergey Udovik Sergey Udovik ... 2nd Detective
Aleksandr Shavrin Aleksandr Shavrin ... Forensic Pathologist
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Storyline

The film is set during 1962 in Sevastopol, Crimea, then a secret Navy Base in the Soviet Union. General Serov (Stupka) hires Viktor (Petrenko), a cadet from the Kremlin Guard to work as his private chauffeur. In a jet-black "ZIM" limo, Viktor is chauffeuring the General's disabled daughter Vera (Babenko). Viktor is oblivious to the hidden agenda of the KGB agent Saveliev (Panin), who manipulates everyone behind the scenes in the old rivalry between the Army and KGB. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Russia | Ukraine

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

29 July 2004 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Driver for Vera See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,658,588
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was the Official selection from Ukraine for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2005, but the Academy did not consider it for nomination because of Russia's large inputs in the movie production. See more »

Quotes

Vera: Do you love me?
Viktor: I do.
Vera: Sometimes I think that you don't.
Viktor: So what, what should I do to make you believe? Jump from a rock? Shoot myself?
Vera: Just swear... swear in the name of mother. Well! You swear?
Viktor: I swear!
Vera: In the name of mother?
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The Best I've Seen in Years
23 August 2005 | by DupontWestSee all my reviews

"The Driver for Vera" is simply excellent cinematography. The pace and intensity of this two-hour film is such that you don't notice passage of time. It's like dozing off and waking up from an intense dream where for a few seconds you don't know who you are or where you are. If a regular Hollywood production is like leisurely afternoon tea with some sweets, this film is like taking shots of espresso every minute for two hours. In the first few seconds the movie grabs your attention, your emotions, your very soul, and holds that grip until the very finale (in my case, it's been about 24 hours since I watched the film and I am still under the grip). The background scenery (Moscow and Sevastopol of the early 1960's) is spectacular and the music is extremely powerful. In the geopolitical background there is the power struggle between the figures of the police, the army, and the special services, a struggle that ensued in the power void after Stalin's death. Career, ambition, love, sex, power, violence, birth and death are a devilish mix in the film's shockingly realistic story line.


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