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The Man Who Surprised Everyone (2018)

Chelovek, kotoryy udivil vsekh (original title)
When a Siberian state forest guard discovers he has cancer and only two months left to live he chooses to take the identity of a woman as a way of fighting the disease.

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Aleksey Chupov, Natasha Merkulova (as Natalya Merkulova)

Writers:

Aleksey Chupov (scriptwriter), Natasha Merkulova (scriptwriter) (as Natalya Merkulova)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Evgeniy Tsyganov ... Yegor
Natalya Kudryashova Natalya Kudryashova ... Natalia
Yuriy Kuznetsov ... Grandfather
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksey Filimonov ... Stepka
Pavel Maykov ... Zakhar
Igor Savochkin ... Fedor
Maksim Vitorgan Maksim Vitorgan ... Professor
Elena Voronchikhina Elena Voronchikhina ... Shaman Woman
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Egor is a fearless state forest guard in the Siberian Taiga. He is a good family man, respected by his fellow villagers. He and his wife Natalia are expecting a second child. But one day Egor finds out that he has cancer and only two months left to live. No traditional medicine or shamanic magic can save him. Finally, left with no other options, he takes a desperate attempt to trick death. Egor chooses to take the identity of a woman as a way of fighting the disease. His family and the local society now have to accept his new self.

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Russian

Release Date:

25 October 2018 (Russia) See more »

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Unusual plot. Remarkable and concise way of story telling, also presenting some unexpected turns of events. Very well watchable for non-fans of LGBT+ stories
11 July 2019 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this at fhe Film Festival Munich 2019 (in German: Film Fest München). Interesting plot, albeit a bit surreal, but it perfectly combines the attitude of the common man (m/f) towards queer behavior, on one hand, with superstition about life and death issues and incurable illnesses that may be cured nevertheless by unorthodox practices, on the other hand. This mixture offers all ingredients for unexplored avenues and unexpected developments. And it keeps us wondering all the time, against all scientific reasoning, whether our main protagonist will survive the two months allotted by his doctor.

Overall impression: Compact scenes, showing everything what had to be shown but nothing more than that. In other words: a very clever way of story telling, no frills and no distractions from the core theme. Very remarkable how we are led from A via B to C, and so on. I would hope that more film makers followed this example.

One does not need to belong to the LGBT+ community to nevertheless appreciate this story, so it can serve a broad audience. It is a fairy tale rather than showing how villagers react on queer behavior, as the latter can be predicted from very far away. Yet it is handled differently in this movie, leading to some unexpected turns of events, in addition to the obvious reactions from the crowd.


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