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Vanished Empire (2008)

Ischeznuvshaya imperiya (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 February 2008 (Russia)
The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and ... See full summary »

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Karen Shakhnazarov
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aleksandr Lyapin Aleksandr Lyapin ... Sergei Narbekov
Lidiya Milyuzina Lidiya Milyuzina ... Lyuda Beletskaya
Egor Baranovskiy Egor Baranovskiy ... Stepan Molodtsov
Ivan Kupreenko Ivan Kupreenko ... Kostya Denisov
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ... Sergei's grandfather
Olga Tumaykina Olga Tumaykina ... Sergei's mother
Vladimir Ilin ... Stepan 30 years later
Tatyana Yakovenko Tatyana Yakovenko ... Lyuda's mother
Yanina Kalganova Yanina Kalganova ... Katya
Vasiliy Shakhnazarov Vasiliy Shakhnazarov ... Misha (as Vasya Shakhnazarov)
Ye. Kasparova Ye. Kasparova ... Folklore teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allovuddin Abdullaev Allovuddin Abdullaev ... (as A. Abdullayev)
Sergey Badichkin Sergey Badichkin ... Club manager (as S. Badichkin)
Sergey Barkovskiy Sergey Barkovskiy ... Dean (as S. Barkovskiy)
Richard Bondarev Richard Bondarev ... Edik (as R. Bondarev)
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The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and face their first disappointments and victories. While busy with personal lives and loves, they miss foreseeing that the country in which they were born and live will soon disappear from the map. Written by hashan15

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus] | Official site

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

14 February 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanished Empire See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,328, 12 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,280, 25 October 2009
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Mosfilm,Vox Video See more »
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Color:

Color
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Ochen Harasho! (That's 'Very Good!' in Russian)
15 May 2010 | by yj270See all my reviews

This is the kind of film which captures the spirit of the age, which gives us an excellent cast playing characters who are all too real, in their world, over 35 years ago.

Everything that one could have heard about Leonid Brezhnev's Soviet Union can be found here. Compared to today, it was an era where life was simpler, yet offered far less opportunities than the West.

Despite the differences, by the end of this film, it is very easy to relate to the characters, especially Sergei Narbakov, the protagonist, and his friend, Stepan Molodtsov. Our humanity is a shared experience.

The outstanding performance by the Armenian actor, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, must not be overlooked, either. Alternating between old wisdom and very dry humor, he stands out as Sergei's grandfather.

I have already recommended this film to friends who share with me an equal curiosity about the USSR, an acronym now consigned to history books.


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