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Ya rodom iz detstva (1966)

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Credited cast:
Arina Aleynikova
Vladimir Belokurov
Edik Dovnar Edik Dovnar
Rita Gladunko
Stanislav Khitrov
Pavel Kormunin
Tonya Ovchinko Tonya Ovchinko
Boris Rudnev
Boris Savitski Boris Savitski
Galina Suprunova Galina Suprunova ... (as Galina Saprunova)
Evgeniy Tashkov
Nina Urgant
Yelizaveta Uvarova
Vladimir Vysotskiy
Valeriy Zubarev
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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 December 1966 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Я родом из детства See more »

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Belarusfilm See more »
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A luminous remembrance of wartime childhood
3 December 2008 | by SailwildSee all my reviews

This film, aptly titled "I Come from My Childhood" (a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery), is a deeply moving, heartfelt, lyrical memory piece about wartime childhood. Making very effective use of a distinctive cinematic idiom of the 1960s, the filmmakers authentically recreate the sights and sounds of a half-ruined town in recently liberated Belorussia where life is gradually returning to normal in 1945. The focus is on children, undernourished, poorly clothed, and emotionally scarred. Yet they have not given up their dreams and hopes and are making plans for a peaceful future. The film wonderfully captures the spirit of wartime friendship, solidarity, and common sacrifice. There is a refreshing harmony in the way this close-knit community is coping with the devastation and losses, clearing the wreckage, and rebuilding the houses.

Yet this film delivers so much more than just a realistic depiction of living and growing up in wartime (which can be found in many other movies). What makes this film really special is the unusually warm and gentle manner in which the man's childhood experiences and impressions are conveyed to us. We are immediately captivated by these children and adults with their open hearts and minds, straightforward ways, and genuine concern for others. There's no posturing, no pretense, no falseness. Just simple and honest living.

The casting is absolutely flawless. Young Vladimir Kolodkin is excellent as the main character, Zhenya. The boy's open, sensitive, somewhat naive, expressive face perfectly fits the gentle, lyrical mood of the film. Nina Urgant brilliantly captures the warmth and integrity of Zhenya's mother. The legendary actor, poet, and singer Vladimir Vysotsky gives a strong and compelling performance as a jovial, virile, scar-faced tankman. His powerful, evocative songs, some of which he sings himself, make the soundtrack truly unforgettable.


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