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Domovoy (2008)

A novelist struggling with writer's block enlists the aid of an assassin for some inspiration -- fully unaware that he is being set up to take the blame for a murder.

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Credited cast:
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Anton Prachenko
Vladimir Mashkov ... Domovoy
Chulpan Khamatova ... Vika
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yakov Efimov Yakov Efimov
Vitaliy Kishchenko
Ramil Sabitov Ramil Sabitov
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In Moscow, Anton is out of ideas for his "Ghost" novels about a hit man, based on old news accounts. At a book signing, a man buys Anton's latest; then, on a street below, Anton sees the man murder a witness in an upcoming trial. Days later, the killer chats up Anton at a café, offering ideas for plots. Anton accepts and his writing improves. Meanwhile, he has a troubled relationship with Mika: she's forgiving, but his drinking and late-night writing sessions drive her away. Plus, he spends precious little time with his son, who's in an institution. Slowly, the hit man raises the ante with Anton: how far will a writer go to understand his fictional character? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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13 November 2008 (Russia) See more »

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Surprisingly Good
6 November 2009 | by smirnov-maximSee all my reviews

In this movie young pulp-fiction writer Anton (Habensky) suffers from so called writer's block (rather unusual illness for a pulp fiction writer), excessive drinking and complicated relationships with this girlfriend Vika (Khamatova) and small son. Abruptly a real professional killer, prototype of Anton's fictional character named Domovoy (kind of ghost living in houses together with human beings in Russian mythology), interferes into his life and helps to recover inspiration through participation in fake homicide.

One of the drawbacks of modern Russian cinematography is total inability to make good genre movies, not genius ones, but yet having something really interesting to watch. Pure romantic comedies, solid melodramas, high-quality biopics. This picture is a lucky exception from this rule: "Domovoy" is a well made thriller, and its suspense and intrigue will definitely suffice you.

And, for sure, Habensky is excellent at playing drunkards, a talent that he uses in his every third film.


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