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Playing the Victim (2006)

Izobrazhaya zhertvu (original title)
A young man drops out of university and goes to the police. He's done nothing wrong he just wants a job. A particular job. Playing the victim in murder reconstructions. Maybe by getting close to death he can manage to cheat on his own.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Chursin Yuriy Chursin ... Valya
Vitaliy Khaev ... Captain
Marat Basharov Marat Basharov ... Karas'
Olga Demidova Olga Demidova ... Woman cafe worker
Marina Golub ... Valya's mother
Anna Mikhalkova ... Lyuda
Fyodor Dobronravov ... Valya's father / Uncle Petia
Andrey Fomin Andrey Fomin ... Sysoev
Elena Morozova ... Olya
Natalya Mokritskaya Natalya Mokritskaya ... Woman working in swimming pool
Igor Gasparyan ... Zakirov
Maksim Konovalov Maksim Konovalov ... Verkhushkin
Aleksey Marchenko Aleksey Marchenko ... Manager of Japanese restaurant
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Waitress in Japanese restaurant
Aleksandr Ilin ... Seva


PLAYING THE VICTIM is a dark comedy made as a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Valya, a young student is earning money by representing victims of the crimes during various police investigation. After the criminal has been seized a special group headed by a police captain has to reconstruct the crime scene. The process itself is quite comic and senseless: the criminals are defined already, and everyone knows, that they will be prosecuted. However the regulations still require a special team to imitate the crime once again in the same surroundings. The criminal should fictionally kill the victim (represented by Valya) one more time to confirm their guilt. Valya is drowning in his absurd life going from one terrible crime scene to another. Suddenly he has a vision: his deceased father comes to him in his sleep and tells the scary truth- he was poisoned by his own wife and her lover, who is now Valya's uncle... After this, the whole system of values of Valya's world ... Written by Anonymous

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21 July 2006 | by Cj_Jeka-1See all my reviews

Very interesting point of view from Kirill Serebrennikov to the theater play of Presnyakov brothers. This picture is definitely above the average movie that made in Russia. Casting is great, every Actor/Actress giving perfect performance. Young and talented Yuriy Chursin playing comic role in very serious way. Movie full of humor and hallucinate animate (black and white) kinda twisted moments that will give to younger audience lots of positive energy. Couple of scenes Monologues actually are unforgettable, Captan in the Japanise restaurant and scene in the swimming pool you'll love it. i'll have to add that movie contains very strong language and some male nudity. Very good cinematography (my opinion) concept is not very clear what makes the whole movie brilliant. This movie you can see not once. I recommend to watch it in a group. It is movie for a genre, because I'm in this genre it is fit for me.

So bottom line if you young have scenes of humor and not afraid of unknown actors (accept of Lia Ahidjakova) this is movie for you.

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8 June 2006 (Russia) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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