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The Stoker (2010)

Kochegar (original title)
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The film, set in the mid 1990s outside of St. Petersburg, tells the story of an ethnic Yakut, Major Skryabin, a shell-shocked veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War, who works as a stoker.

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Aleksey Balabanov
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Credited cast:
Mikhail Skryabin Mikhail Skryabin ... Kochegar
Yuriy Matveev Yuriy Matveev ... Vassily 'Bizon' - lover of Sasha and Masha
Aleksandr Mosin Aleksandr Mosin ... Sergeant - father of Masha
Aida Tumutova Aida Tumutova ... Sasha - daughter of Ivan Skryabin
Anna Korotayeva Anna Korotayeva ... Masha - daughter of Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Varvara Belokurova Varvara Belokurova ... Vera - Daughter of Colonel Minayev
Roman Burenkov Roman Burenkov ... Gosha
Filipp Dyachkov ... Yasha
Aleksandr Garkushenko Aleksandr Garkushenko ... Kostya
Kirill Komlev Kirill Komlev ... Bartender
Irina Kurtiyakov Irina Kurtiyakov ... Seamstress
Igor Matyushkin Igor Matyushkin ... Client
Yuliya Men Yuliya Men ... Kermes
Sayan Mongush Sayan Mongush ... Matvey
Viktoriya Mongush Viktoriya Mongush ... Seamstress
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The film, set in the mid 1990s outside of St. Petersburg, tells the story of an ethnic Yakut, Major Skryabin, a shell-shocked veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War, who works as a stoker.

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13-y film Alekseya Balabanova (13th film by Aleksey Balabanov)

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

13 October 2010 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,640
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STV See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Aleksey Balabanov says the fire that is in every house shown in the film is not a symbol. It is just shown because "it's the style. Every picture should have its own style." See more »

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Terrible
1 February 2011 | by helobatSee all my reviews

One of my most favourite movies is Brat by Balabanov. Thus, having read somewhere that Russian movie critics called Kochegar the best Russian movie of 2010, and its plot is quite similar to that of Brat, I was expecting something at least as good. I was wrong. Comparing these two movies, I should say that when watching Brat, I have a feeling of seeing truth. Watching Kochegar, I feel seeing artificial people in artificial situations. Apparently, Mr. Balabanov forgot that a good movie should teach, should send some message. This movie just shows the very dark and vicious sides of life without any message. Just blunt murder and blunt nudity. Something is wrong - either with Russia, or with Balabanov, or with me.


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