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Hard to Be a God (2013)

Trudno byt bogom (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 27 February 2014 (Russia)
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A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a ... See full summary »

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Aleksey German

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Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Leonid Yarmolnik ... Don Rumata
Aleksandr Chutko Aleksandr Chutko ... Don Reba
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Baron Pampa
Evgeniy Gerchakov ... Budakh
Valentin Golubenko ... Arata
Leonid Timtsunik ... Arima
Natalya Moteva Natalya Moteva ... Ari
Nikita Strukov Nikita Strukov ... Kusis
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Gali Abaydulov
Yuriy Ashikhmin Yuriy Ashikhmin ... Rab
Remigijus Bilinskas Remigijus Bilinskas ... Voin (as Remigiyus Bilinskas)
Valeriy Boltyshev Valeriy Boltyshev ... don Ripat
Vasiliy Domrachyov ... vozchik Rumaty
Lev Eliseev
Valeriy Guryanov Valeriy Guryanov ... Monakh
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Storyline

A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God's place? Director's statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions. Written by Svetlana Karmalita/Rome Film Festival

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (Russia) See more »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.66 : 1
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After Herman's death, his son Alexei German Jr., and Svetlana Karmalita, completed the work on the film. See more »

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This isn't Earth. It's another planet.
3 March 2014 | by volodSee all my reviews

The movie starts with the quotation above, and that's probably worth remembering throughout its lengthy 3 hours run. Despite the description, 'imagine the Dark Ages where no Renaissance has come' from Strugatsky book which was the inspiration for the movie, it's not quite so. IT IS another planet. Dark Ages, Middle Ages were portrayed times and again, and when you see castles, mud, horseshit - it's all clear and understandable.

Not here. For at least a third of the film I had trouble to grasp what's going on, be it on first plan or backstage... it was captivating, with truly amazing, remarkable stage set, but... alien, of sorts. Hard to get what's inside these people heads, what are they doing. It forces you to put the tiny little grey cells to work - and it's great.

The picture is top-notch. It strangely reminded of graphic novels like Sin City and 300 - you can print the frame out and use it as a wallpaper. Black and white in this case, sure, but deep and artistic nonetheless.

Stunning performance from Leonid Yarmolnik as Rumata, his best role hands down in his long career. He's known mostly as a comedy actor, but here shines as a dramatic, almost tragic figure.

Great movie, and NOT an art house gem. Having said all that, I would NOT recommend it to any person: you have to decide to go through the catharsis by yourself, and that's the only way you'll get through it.


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