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The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (2013)

Geograf globus propil (original title)
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The ordinary troubles of the ordinary teacher in the ordinary class during the ordinary midlife crisis.

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Aleksei Ivanov (novel), Rauf Kubayev | 2 more credits »
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Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Viktor Sluzhkin
Elena Lyadova ... Nadya
Aleksandr Robak ... Maksim Budkin
Evgenia Brik ... Kira Valeryevna (as Evgeniya Brik)
Anna Ukolova ... Vetka
Agrippina Steklova ... Roza Borisovna
Evgeniya Kregzhde Evgeniya Kregzhde ... Sashenka
Maksim Lagashkin ... Policeman Kolesnikov
Anfisa Chernykh Anfisa Chernykh ... Masha Bolshakova
Anastasiya Zolotko Anastasiya Zolotko ... Tata, Sluzhkin's Daughter
Victor Uzun Victor Uzun ... Headmaster
Ilya Korkordinov Ilya Korkordinov ... Shurup, Vetka's Son
Andrei Prytkov Andrei Prytkov ... Gradusov
Ilya Ilinykh Ilya Ilinykh ... Lyosha Ovechkin
Natalya Batuyeva Natalya Batuyeva ... Mitrofanova
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Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student and the stress of educating teenagers. Geographer, as the students immediately dub Sluzhkin, attempts to escape from the grueling, dull, stultifying reality of Russia's provincial life in a rafting tour to the Urals. Accompanied by wild, adventure-seeking adolescents, faced with the numerous grim surprises of the nature, Geographer is poised to find himself and his own truth. Written by Haifa Film Festival

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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Konstantin Khabensky/Patricia Kaas (2013) See more »

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Inside view in lifes of average Russian citizens and a highschool classroom. Plus an adventurous journey of a teacher and his class through unfriendly nature
1 April 2014 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Leiden film festival 2013 (LIFF). Nice inside view in everyday's life of average Russian citizens, and an average highschool classroom. Not sure how "average" it all is, since we have no means for comparison. It is a depressing view, but the interwoven humor softens it all and turns this movie into a digestible package.

The tone is set in the opening scene in a train, where our main character tries to mislead a ticket inspector team by gesturing that he is mute/deaf. Initially they believe him and let him alone, but a few moments later his reflex when his mobile phone rings, exposes him. The remainder of the movie is full of such "small" events.

Do not expect a story with a prologue, a happy end, and the main story in between. The first half is about normal people, a typical cross section of Russian citizens, and how they pass their days. We see neighbors intruding in other people's lives, to an extent we cannot imagine in our Western world where our home is our castle.

The second half is a field trip undertaken by our main character, the geography teacher who was never trained for such a position but he needed the money. He is accompanied by part of his class, who never use his real name but consistently call him "geographer". The field trip actually came forth from a lost card game with one of the students. His prize would have been a "smooth" class for the rest of the semester. It turns out to be an adventurous struggle with nature, combined with the mixed successes he has in dealing with the variety of adolescents in his company.

All in all, though defying all standard rules of storytelling, the net result is very watchable, partly thanks to the humor embedded in the scenario, partly thanks to the variety of participating characters. More people felt this way: this film ranked 3rd for the audience award with average score 4.41 (out of 5).


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

7 November 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Perm, Russia

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,459,303
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