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Side Effect (2020)

Pobochnyi effekt (original title)
Once robbers break into the measured and happy life of an architect and his wife. Now Andrey's only dream is to erase that nightmare from Olya's memory. Desperate searches for a solution ... See full summary »

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Aleksey Kazakov

Writer:

Aleksey Kazakov
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Cast overview:
Semyon Serzin ... Andrey
Marina Vasileva Marina Vasileva ... Olya
Aleksandra Revenko ... Ved'ma
Anatoliy Zhuravlyov Anatoliy Zhuravlyov ... Starik
Maria Abramova Maria Abramova ... Devochka
Maria Karpova Maria Karpova ... Nina
Stepan Devonin Stepan Devonin ... Kirill
Sergey Cherdantsev Sergey Cherdantsev ... Vor
Natalya Dedeyko Natalya Dedeyko ... Mama ved'my
Nikita Tezov Nikita Tezov ... Sledovatel
Lyubov Firsova Lyubov Firsova ... Sotrudnitsa muzeya
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Once robbers break into the measured and happy life of an architect and his wife. Now Andrey's only dream is to erase that nightmare from Olya's memory. Desperate searches for a solution lead him to an eerie apartment in the House on the Embankment to the mysterious Mara, who promises a "special" medicine.

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Horror | Thriller

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Mara's mushrooms.
17 April 2021 | by morrison-dylan-fanSee all my reviews

Taking a peak at the details for the films in the line-up after buying a pass for the online Grimmfest film festival, the description of this being a Russian Horror inspired by the supernatural movies of 1970's Italian cinema made the title sound very enticing,leading to me excitingly running to meet Mara.

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Greeting Mara with a crash-zoom, writer/ debut director Aleksey Kazakov & cinematographer Evgeny Kozlov conjure up a dazzling, ultra-stylised surreal Horror atmosphere of rapid-fire zoom-ins and arcs, elegant tracking shots,and blossoming dissolves over Olga coming under Mara's spell.

Wiping away the traumatic memory from Olga, Kazakov paints the blanc canvas with mesmerising, glittering colours,as the candle-wax red, greens and yellow bursts to a over-saturated pulp, reflected the scrambled nature of Olga and Andrey's minds.

Twisting the fairy tale set-up with Andrey (played with a great anxious grit by Semyon Serzin) going to meet witch Mara in order to cure Olga, the screenplay by Kazakov makes the cure worse than the disease, with a tasty dream-logic meltdown of Andrey questioning everything he sees from the corner of his eyes,as the grief he and Olga suffered,casts a spell on the original grief that has haunted Mara.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

5 November 2020 (Russia) See more »

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Side Effect See more »

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Drug Druga See more »
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Dolby Digital

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