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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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And who are you portraying?
8 March 2020 | by dmitri-batuevSee all my reviews

"Playing the victim" by Kirill Serebrennikov - the best Russian comedy 00s. The story of a student who works part time in the police, portraying the victims of various crimes. Against the background of all the other characters in the film, including police officers, and murderers, and even their victims, the student's character remains the most worthy, normal, and at the same time, not quite fit into this crazy world around. A separate respect for the outstanding actress Leah Akhedzhakova, who played a small role in the film.

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8 June 2006 (Russia) See more »

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Dolby SR



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1.85 : 1
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