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Temporary Difficulties (2018)

Vremennye trudnosti (original title)
Sasha Korolev has a congenital disorder. The boy's father has chosen what seemed to him the only correct way to put the son on his feet: to treat him like a healthy person.
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Credited cast:
Oksana Arbuzova Oksana Arbuzova ... Oksana Kovaleva
Rinal Mukhametov ... Sasha Korolev
Ivan Okhlobystin ... Father
Irina Pegova
Yan Tsapnik
Zarina Yeva ... Aygerim


Sasha Korolev has a congenital disorder. The boy's father has chosen what seemed to him the only correct way to put the son on his feet: to treat him like a healthy person. "You're not a patient, you have temporary difficulties". Eating, getting dressed, going downstairs and walking up the front door steps - every day the child spends hours on such simple household tasks. At school he is mocked by his peers, and there is no help to expect. The boy has coped with the illness, but started hating the father. When he finished school, Sasha left home and stopped all contact with the father. Over the past 15 years he has become the best business consultant in the country, who has helped hundreds of businesses out of crisis. "You have no a crisis, you have temporary difficulties", - Sasha would say to his clients, having gone along a difficult path himself. And one day, a new order unexpectedly gives him the opportunity to settle accounts with the father.

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The movie was originally loosely based on the real-life business coach Arkadiy Tsuker, who in real life had a light form of cerebral palsy, which was not that hard as it was shown in the film and was barely noticed by others. He said that the movie is a work of fiction and has nothing to do with his life. The only truth was that he had problems in school due to his handicap. he advised all people not to take this movie as an example on how to handle this disease. On press conferences the filmmakers reminded people when being asked critical questions that this movie is based on a true story. See more »


Cerebral palsy cannot be healed in real life, especially not the way it is shown in the movie. See more »


References The Intouchables (2011) See more »

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Disgrace of Russian cinema.
17 February 2019 | by athena24See all my reviews

I knew nothing about the real person on whom this movie is based, but most of the behavior exhibited by the characters seemed unnatural. The movie failed to move me in any way due to being very unbelievable. The direction is confused and the acting is stiff. Ivan Okhlobystin, who plays the father (and the lead role) is horrible.

Some bright lighs were in the face of young, school age, Aleksander and his teacher.

With all the bad acting and direction they also managed to miss the points this story came to deliver: on one side - do not accept the situation as is and strive to improve your life. On the other - treat all people as normal, even those with disabilities. For an outstanding, warm hearted, inspiring movie on this subject see Front of the Class.

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13 September 2018 (Russia) See more »

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