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Masterful evocation of '30s Stalinist Russia, covering a day in the life of Soviet revolutionary hero Serguei (Mikhalkov) and his family, far from the purges and gulags. Enjoying a country existence with wife Moroussia (Dapkounaite) and daughter Nadia (played by Mikhalkov's daughter), his idyll is disturbed by mystery man Dimitri (Menchikov), and Serguei realizes their fates are bound by the difference between their Communist dreams and reality. Symbolism is a little heavy but film delivers emotionally. Russian with subtitles.

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Available on Running time 134 minutes. Originally from Russian, French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Period Piece: 1930s, Russia/USSR, Politics, Family Ties
Screenplay
Nikita Mikhalkov, Rustam Ibragimbekov
Cast
Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkounaite, Oleg Menshikov, Nadia Mikhalkov, Andre Oumansky, Viatcheslav Tikhonov, Svetlana Krioutchkova, Vladimir Ilyine
Cinematography
Vilen Kalyuta
Director
Nikita Mikhalkov
Music
Eduard Artemyev
Producer
Leonid Verechtchaguine, Jean-Louis Piel, Vladimir Sedov, Sony Pictures Classics

Awards

Oscars 1994: Foreign Film; Cannes 1994: Grand Jury Prize.

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