The year 1829. Nikolay Gogol, a young Third Section clerk, is desperate: his own books seem shallow and mediocre, so he keeps buying entire print runs just to burn them all. He is suffering... See full summary »
USSR, June 1985. Based on actual events. After contact with the Salyut 7 space station is lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh dock with the empty, frozen craft, and bring her back to life.
Contemporary Russia. Nadya gives up her dream of becoming a champion figure skater when she is hospitalized with an injury. But then she meets Sasha, a hockey player, who decides to teach her to believe in herself and her dream again.
The costumes, the atmosphere, the mixture of drama and tragic romance are seductive in high measure. but , for an Orthodox Christian like me, "Matilda"remains, more than a film, a terrible lie . sure, the term is not soft, but it represents a pure blasphemy. not only for the different image of a saint martyr. but for the desire of director to give a kitsch fairy tale, in impressive package/clothes, about a poor man under the hard times. "Matilda" propose an alternative story about Saint Nicholas II Romanov. and, if you see it as fiction, it works in some measure ( sure, if the expectations are low ). as portrait of the Tsar, it is a huge and impolite and absurde lie. but the success has not moral. and the ambition to propose something real strong, at the border of sacrilege, it is not exactly a surprise. because the soap operas ( "Matilda" is a slice from that genre ) are easy shows especially for the silly absurd stories. unfurnatelly, it is a real bad film.
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