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Guard (2019)

Storozh (original title)
The measured life of the watchman of an abandoned sanatorium is disturbed by the arrival of a strange couple who asks to stay in one of the rooms. All three have something to hide from and what to hide in the wilderness.

Director:

Yuriy Bykov

Writer:

Yuriy Bykov
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Cast

Cast overview:
Yuriy Bykov ... Vlad
Vladislav Abashin ... Stas
Alla Yuganova ... Vera
Aleksandr Kuzmin Aleksandr Kuzmin ... Bagor
Artur Beschastnyy ... Bogatov (as Artur Beschastny)
Gela Meskhi ... Son
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The measured life of the watchman of an abandoned sanatorium is disturbed by the arrival of a strange couple who asks to stay in one of the rooms. All three have something to hide from and what to hide in the wilderness.

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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Stas Pekha/Yury Bykov (2019) See more »

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Examination Of A Russian Soul Entertainment Style
29 February 2020 | by mjfhhhSee all my reviews

Vlad lives alone on a huge government property that is shut down for winter. With no soul in sight his only companion is a dog called Bandit. When Bandit disappears Vlad doesn't seem to have anything left to live for... until two strange guests appear at his front door.

Yuriy Bykov is probably the most fresh thinking and focused director in Russia these days. Always examining serious issues of Russian soul or certain ways of life (including major government criticism) he remains true to his entertainment roots, delivering a plot full of mystery and suspense. It is not surprising that his indie film MAJOR had been adapted to the Netflix series 7 SECONDS. He knows how to design an unmissable pitch!

Bykov's skills aside, THE GUARD is probably the most personal film for him. While there's still a crime or a criminal storyline typical of his films, it's a theatrical drama where characters face ultimate choices and struggle with the consequences. Revealing just enough to keep us guessing GUARD is full of surprises. There are films out there with unfulfilled potential but GUARD is the opposite of this It overdelivers for such a small film, makes you think where you don't really expect to think, and makes you want to talk to someone about what you've seen after the credits roll.

Without question GUARD is a small/big film that worth a look. If there's a chance to catch it during the international film festival this year please do so.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

15 June 2019 (Russia) See more »

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Budget:

RUR55,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,723
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