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The Ugly Swans (2006)

Gadkie lebedi (original title)
The writer is invited to the town of Tashlinsk by the mutants who emerged after an unnatural and constant rain causing the evacuation of the city, and by the children who are studying the unearthly knowledge of mutants.


Konstantin Lopushanskiy (screenplay), Vyacheslav Rybakov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Hlady ... Viktor Banev (as also Grigoriy Gladiy)
Leonid Mozgovoy Leonid Mozgovoy ... Ayzek Golemba
Aleksey Kortnev ... Pavel Sumak (as also Alexei Kortnev)
Rimma Sarkisyan Rimma Sarkisyan ... Ira Baneva
Laura Pitskhelauri Laura Pitskhelauri ... Diana
Sergey Barkovskiy Sergey Barkovskiy ... Gennadiy Komov (as also Sergei Barkovsky)
Dmitriy Ispolatov Dmitriy Ispolatov ... Bora Kunitsa (as Dima Ispolatov)
Olga Samoshina Olga Samoshina ... Lyudmila
Aleksey Ingelevich Aleksey Ingelevich ... Valentin Pilman (as also Aleksei Ingelevich)
Viktor Mikhaylov ... Mokrets Zinoviy (as Victor Mikhailov)
Viktor Dzekanovskiy Viktor Dzekanovskiy ... (as Vitya Dzekanovskiy) (as Victor Dzekanovsky)
Vladimir Grigorev Vladimir Grigorev ... (as Volodya Grigoriev) (as Vladimir Grigoriyev)
Vasiliy Petrov Vasiliy Petrov ... (as Vasya Petrov) (as also Vasily Petrov)
Ilya Kovalev Ilya Kovalev
Anastasiya Rudenko Anastasiya Rudenko ... (as Nastya Rudenko) (as also Anastasia Rudenko)
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We cease to trust ourselves
1 September 2009 | by darkthirtySee all my reviews

This beautiful, small budget film plays like a tribute to Tarkovsky's films(shakuhachi music and dripping water), but it is more conversational and quite direct in its message, which isn't simplistic, for all that directness. That message rings true these days as much as it did when the novel was written. Has the world become dangerously, insidiously pedestrian and banal? Have we squandered our potential utterly? The spirit of the film, the whole tone of it, is alienating - we cease to trust ourselves a little bit while watching it. It is a fairly short film too, it doesn't tax the viewer in that way, although it will challenge viewers. The Strugatsky brothers are my favorite Russian authors, and this film does, above all else, capture the spirit of their book, as well as can be expected. I sure would like to find it on DVD.

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