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The Student (2016)

(M)uchenik (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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Contemporary Russia. A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pyotr Skvortsov ... Veniamin Yuzhin
Viktoriya Isakova ... Elena Krasnova
Yuliya Aug ... Inga Yuzhina
Aleksandr Gorchilin ... Grigoriy Zaytsev
Aleksandra Revenko ... Lidiya Tkacheva
Anton Vasilev ... Oleg Ivanovich Selnenko
Svetlana Bragarnik ... Lyudmila Stukalina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolay Roshchin Nikolay Roshchin ... Otets Vsevolod
Irina Rudniktskaya Irina Rudniktskaya ... Irina Petrovna
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After Venya's mother receives a call from school reporting her son's refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is "against his religion." As Venya is finally exempted by the school's devout principal, he grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of authority. Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama - based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg - serves as a frightening cautionary tale. Written by Under The Milky Way

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Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$51, 28 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$138, 28 April 2017
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Trivia

The original Russian title "(M)uchenik", with the 'm' in parentheses, is a play on words, a pun, combining the Russian word "muchenik", which means "martyr", with the Russian word "uchenik", which means "student". Because the Russian pun would not be understood, and there is no way to translate it, the simplified title "Uchenik", or "The Student", was used at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. See more »

Quotes

Veniamin Yuzhin: I'll tell your leg to grow, and it will grow. But you must believe. What are you doing?
Grigoriy Zaytsev: Taking off my pants. You're going to lay your hand on my leg, right?
Veniamin Yuzhin: Yes, right. Take them off.
Grigoriy Zaytsev: Shall I lie down?
Veniamin Yuzhin: I don't know. Yes, lie down.
Grigoriy Zaytsev: Sorry, can you help me? What do I do?
Veniamin Yuzhin: You must believe. O God... look at this leg...
Grigoriy Zaytsev: The other one. It's the other one that's shorter.
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Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

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A piece of Russian intensity
1 August 2018 | by pruber_relSee all my reviews

A world-wide vision on the religious fanaticism, since it is not a Russian history, is a history that must be located in some part of the world and in this case it was Russia. From the outset, I have no doubt that Russian cinema is very intense; I am not an expert in the filmography of that country but the last Russian films that I have seen are truly visceral, anchored crudely in reality. This film is 80% masterfully directed in the intensity of its plot. Added to that brilliant baton, the interpretations of the protagonists are superb and the soundtrack is truly exquisite. However, there are two things that I did not like: the photograph could have been sublime due to the subject that was treated and it was not, and the end, after so many minutes of filmic intensity, is diluted with the scene of the school board meeting. Without a doubt, it is a recommendable film, it is a beautiful sample of the contemporary Russian cinematography.


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