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In popular culture, the comedy Peculiarities of National Hunt and its sequels (# #) were quite a phenomenon.

The last two Russian movies I saw looked like zealous Hollywood crap. "Okhota na Pirahiyu" was a James-Bond-lite overkill (with rather original Siberian settings), while the other (of werewolfs or something) was a Disney-proportions fairytale with "Lord of the Rings" associations...

by das monde on Wed May 21st, 2008 at 03:15:54 AM EST
Then there is the director's other outstanding work, Kukushka.

This film is trilingual: its main characters are a Sami widow, and a Finnish and a Soviet-Russian soldier, who end up in one place in the last weeks of WWII. The far Northern landscape features as de-facto fourth main character.

The film is trilingual because none of the three speak the another two's language. Thus they sometimes guess right but usually misunderstand each other, living together in parallel words, and the viewer knows that things could blow up between them anytime. Meanwhile, while all of them were ostracised from their communities in some way, they feel forced to play out the national roles or such.

My favourite scene is the intro of the Finnish soldier at the beginning, but here is one with all three of them. (The version I found is one with Russian voiceover and English subtitles.)



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed May 21st, 2008 at 12:02:56 PM EST
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