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Bednaya Liz (2013)

Joe Sokoloff, a sergeant with the Canadian police, travels to the remote country to carry out his beloved grandmother's last wishes, but all his plans fail almost immediately on arriving in... See full summary »

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Aleksey Lisovets
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Credited cast:
Nikolay Boklan ... Mitrokhin
Lina Budnik Lina Budnik ... Baba Lyuba
Aleksandr Danilchenko ... Ded Grisha
Evgeniy Gashenko Evgeniy Gashenko ... Kruglikov
Andrey Isaenko ... Paren, ne zaplativshiy za pirozhki
Ekaterina Kisten ... Lyusya
Vera Kobzar ... Provodnitsa
Elena Kolesnichenko ... Odnoselchanka
Natalya Koretskaya ... Tanya
Konstantin Koretskiy ... Rybak
Galina Korneeva ... Tetya Varya
Mikhail Kukuyuk ... Muzhik s shchenkami
Aleksey Kurilko Aleksey Kurilko ... Poputchik-kidala
Dmitriy Lalenkov ... Nikolay Sokolov
Maria Mashkova ... Elizaveta Sokolova (as Mariya Mashkova)
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Joe Sokoloff, a sergeant with the Canadian police, travels to the remote country to carry out his beloved grandmother's last wishes, but all his plans fail almost immediately on arriving in his historic homeland, when he is robbed while traveling on the train. Ready to embrace his traveling experience, he misses his train and finds himself in a small village region. Viewed by the villagers as 'an eccentric in a white Stetson', he finds himself settling into an unfamiliar world of very strange people. Here the people really do drown newly-born puppies, eat the fish they catch in the river and even smack their children. But it only takes a few days before Joe begins to understand the villagers and, after accepting them into his heart, he falls in love with Liza, a beautiful local girl. But his sincerity and openness wins him the love of an abused, previously-kidnapped girl, whose mother, not exactly understanding the Canadian's intentions, finally sees what her young daughter likes in ... Written by John DeSade

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Star Media [Russia]

Country:

Russia | Ukraine

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (Ukraine) See more »

Also Known As:

Poor Liz See more »

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Star Media, Star Media See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Kuban Cossacks
15 November 2018 | by hof-4See all my reviews

Sergeant Joe Sokoloff from the Calgary Police is also a rodeo cowboy in his spare time. We also learn (from office talk) that he is fond of taking vacations in exotic places. His grandparents were Kuban Cossacks emigrated to Canada after the Russian Revolution (the western provinces of Canada became home to large groups of Ukrainian and Russians immigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries). Sokoloff was raised by his grandmother and is fluent in Russian. His next vacation takes him to the Kuban, a region of Southern Russia east of the Crimea across the Kerch Straits.

After a somewhat traumatic train trip he finds himself in the (real or imaginary) village of Nikolskaya, minus his luggage, money and credit cards. What follows is a comedy/romance (sometimes bordering the fairy tale) with humorous touches involving the clash of cultures.

I found this movie impossible to dislike; characters have warm human traits (sometimes hidden under prickly exteriors) and Sokoloff's good nature is irrepressible. A good part of the movie's charm is due to the charisma of the actors, both the leads and those in supporting roles. As a bonus, we get to listen to some haunting Cossack songs and dances. A not-to-miss-film.


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