|Starring:||Irina Vovchenko, Yuri Lag U Ta, Marina Vovchenko, Konstantin Murzenko, Sergey Shnurov, Sventlana Vovchenko|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Apr 2006|
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Stays with youBy Slidingonthewalls (21 reviews) from Southampton , 06 Mar 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I wasn't entirely sure I liked this film or not when I watched it. I'll say one thing for it though.. It has stayed in my memory for a while. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. I mean, I cut my finger carving turkey 3 years ago. I went white and almost passed out. My brother took the piss cos it only looked like a small cut. That's stayed in my memory too.
. Anyway the film.
It's bleak. There's one scene of a woman travelling somewhere. I can't remember where. It's as if you've gone with her. It's about 15 minutes of the camera following her on trains, or walking through desolate looking villages, muddy footpaths and foggy woods. You half expect her to be greeted by a shrivvelled up old woman with a shroud over her head, and then low and behold said woman appears with lots of clone old women. All shouting and crying about the loss of someone. These women live together and chew bread to make dolls for a living. I'm not even joking. They have this sort of pimp-master man who drinks vodka (Russian's eh) who rules them. It's like a scene from Borat.
come to think of it I don't think I even watched this film to the end. Regardless of that, it did something to me. It embedded itself into my mind and it comes back to haunt me from time to time.
. Mother Russia is a strange bleak place.
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You'll never eat bread again.By allseeingmaster (15 reviews) , 22 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Worth watching for the sheer bizarreness of it all.
Some excellent bits, bar scene interactions, but I had to fast forward through most of the 'chewies'.
It's like an assemblage of ideas, a grim cinematic collage that is strangely interesting.
4 viewing with discretionBy MikeyMouse (39 reviews) from West Drayton , 17 Oct 2011For me this film proved as Churchill said of Russia itself - an enigma wrapped within in an enigma. Still, for those of stamina, stay around to watch the emergence and supremacy of these ancient peasant ladies all singing in unison and acting maniacal like they were made for the parts - quite arresting - whatever the roles are in this heavily symbolic and quasi-surreal venture. Bits felt like one of my favourite directors Andrei Tarkovskys meandering works, but there was less cohesion or impact I feel here, with perhaps too much business in the symbolism underneath with too many things going on at once. Sophisticated bar chatter in town transforms to the hags rural setting of the most profane, indifferent to everyday reality, with their hideous dolls and queer practices, almost pagan, antediluvian origins. All in all a remarkable movie, but in the end just all the more baffling on recollection. Extra stars for the effort, and the horror element.
Not for everyone....By a customer from essex , 01 Sep 2010A fantastic film that will stay with you long after you have watched it.
Well worth a watch.
Filmed mostly in very dark and grey tones it gives the film a fantastic feel.
I absolutely loved this film, my partner on the other hand hated it.
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interesting film-not a good advert for russian tourism though!By sherriffflood (45 reviews) from Reading , 27 Oct 2009I would rent this film for the bar scene alone which was outstanding.The rest is a bit drawn out though. It also has the bleakest, most depressing locations I've ever seen in a film.If that's what russia's like, it's off my holiday list!
HARD TO TAKE BUT PROBABLY WORTH ITBy charledickens (10 reviews) from Edenbridge , 19 Jun 2009if you can take the relentless onslaught of this movie: flesh, madness, grand-guignol, then it is probably worth watching if only to see what might be seen as a vision of hell.
Does it or does it not offer insight into aspects of Russion life, psyche etc. I would not know. But lines like 'A Russion gilr should be able to take aa litre (or half a litre) of vodka without it showing' (not perfectly quoted) did make me blink.