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The Irony of Fate 2 (2007)

Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie (original title)
Zhenya and Nadya go their separate ways. Nadya stuck with her bureaucrat boyfriend, married h im and had a daughter, also called Nadya. Zhenya married and had a son, Konstantin. Both later ... See full synopsis »

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Timur Bekmambetov
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Kostya Lukashin
Elizaveta Boyarskaya ... Nadya
Sergey Bezrukov ... Irakliy
Andrey Myagkov ... Evgeniy Lukashin
Aleksandr Shirvindt ... Dyadya Pasha
Valentina Talyzina ... Tetya Valya
Barbara Brylska ... Nadezhda Vasilevna
Yuriy Yakovlev ... Ippolit Georgievich
Aleksandr Belyavskiy ... Dyadya Sasha
Mikhail Efremov ... Ded Moroz
Evgeniya Dobrovolskaya ... Snegurochka
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ... Neizvestnyy
Igor Savochkin Igor Savochkin ... Kolya - pogranichik
Ville Haapasalo ... Pyanyy finn (as Ville Khaapasalo)
Roman Madyanov ... Mayor
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Zhenya and Nadya go their separate ways. Nadya stuck with her bureaucrat boyfriend, married h im and had a daughter, also called Nadya. Zhenya married and had a son, Konstantin. Both later divorced.

More than 30 years later, Konstantin ends up drunk in the flat where the younger Nadya finds him. He is there as part of a convoluted ruse by his father's friends to get Zhenya back into the arms of the woman with whom he shared a margical night. The waylaid son is the bait to get Zhenya back to Leningrad, now called St. Petersburg. One romance is rekindled and another between the son and daughter is struck up.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Irony of Fate 2 See more »

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Moscow, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

RUR 231,850,313 (Russia), 23 December 2007, Wide Release
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Almost all of the lead actors from the first film took part in the sequel, with the exception of Georgiy Burkov - Burkov died in 1990, Liya Akhedzhakova refused to appear (In the film it is said that she emigrated to Israel). Olga Naumenko agreed to the filming, but managed to be in only one episode. In the future, the schedule of the actress did not coincide with the director's schedule and further shooting did not take place. The scene with Olga was cut from the final version of the film. See more »

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Irakliy: My dear, he was bringing happiness to people all night long.
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Music by Konstantin Meladze
lyrics by Konstantin Meladze and Dzhakhan Pollyeva
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A charming mix of people known before with new ones and of situations seen before with new ones
31 July 2011 | by WitoldSee all my reviews

Before watching the film we have read the reviews: this is a continuation of the Irony of Fate 1, but a bad one; no, this is a good continuation; still different, this film should not be considered as a continuation. There is an 'objection' that a hero drives a certain car; was he supposed to change cars every 20 minutes to give "equal rights" to different car manufacturers ? There is another 'objection' that the heroes behave as they did in Part 1; should nice people now become nasty and vice versa ? There is a still different 'objection' to lights in the city and fireworks on New Year's Eve. Rarely one sees such a diversity of views, many mutually contradictory and some outlandish.

Now that we have seen Part 2, I can comment on it: on people, devices, locations and situations.

There are actors known before from Part 1: Barbara Brylska as Nadya; Andrei Myagkov as Zhenya; Yuriy Yakovlev as Ippolit; Aleksandr Shirvindt as Pasha (mostly Pavlik in Part 1); Aleksandr Belyavskiy as Sasha; as well as Valentina Talyzina as Valya. It was so good to see them again ! Now we also have Elizaveta Boyarskaya as Nadya Number 2, the daughter of the original Nadya; Konstantin Khabenskiy as Kostya Lukashin son of Zhenya; Sergey Bezrukov as Irakliy (note a carefully chosen name, similar to Ippolit). There are naturally more new faces, including Igor Savochkin as Kolya the Border Guard; he makes his unique contributions – largely because most of the time he is as confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar. While Nadya Number 1 now wears large glasses, her smile is the same as before. While Zhenya now has less hair, his smile is also the same as before.

As for devices, frequent use of cell phones makes this means of communication look nearly ridiculous. An original comic approach, while in more and more locations around the world there are limitations on the use of cell phones, including driving.

Obviously Apartment # 12 in House # 25 on the Third Constructors Street plays its role again, as does the elevator there. We also see again the train station from which trains go to Moscow as well as two airports. This helps the impression of continuity – as does music repeated from the first film (except for the song at the end which is new).

The situations are sometimes similar as before, but with interesting twists. It is not easy now to send Zhenya to St. Petersburg; this becomes a clever two parts operation executed by Sasha and Pasha. Zhenya starts to figure things out when Pasha phones to reserve "another" plane ticket. There are also new situations – well connected to Part 1. Nadya Number 2 is asked by Grandfather Frost to play his Snow Girl. She gets instant advice not to agree. However, in a wonderful twist of action, Nadya says: when I was five years old, I had to do things I hated; when I was 10 years old, it was the same; enough is enough; I agree. When one knows that Ippolit is her father and one knows his character from Part 1, the fact that he has been a despotic father is anything but surprising. Thus, events in Part 2 are admirably rooted in Part 1.

One sympathizes so much with Kostya - who can hardly get a moment alone with younger Nadya. One admires his ingenuity in creating opportunities to talk to Nadya. When Grandfather Frost walks into Nadya's apartment, one wishes that inside the costume covering largely the face should be Kostya. One hears later an explanation of the original Snow Girl: he agreed to take over and complete the Grandfather Frost route but on the condition that he will have his own Snow Girl. Incidentally, I recently learned something about Grandfather Frost: Santa Claus was strictly forbidden for a number of years in the Soviet Union – until Stalin found the tradition too strong and allowed him but renamed Grandfather Frost and wearing blue instead of red. The vote of five children on who should marry the Princess is new and fresh - in spite of centuries of fairy tales.

We have seen recently a US movie called "Fast Five", with virtually nothing left to imagination and much noise most of the time. Here both Part 1 and Part 2 have two levels; the amusing or moving surface level, but also a deeper level where the viewer has much food for thought. This is one more common feature of both films. Timur Bekmambetov as the director, Emil Braginskiy as the story writer – together with Eldar Ryazanov himself – have much to be proud of. One needs to say this: the richness of Part 1 has much helped the creators of Part 2 to make such a good film.

Let me provide at least an example of two levels in this film. Kostya asks: "are we in Moscow or in St. Petersburg ?". Younger Nadya provides a charming – but also a profound – response: Does it matter ?".


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