Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn’t fooled: this is the time of Stalin’s repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom – and he knows that Dmitri isn’t paying a social call…
Michael Brooke <[email protected]>
User Reviews: Just saw this film as the closing class in my first term Russian language class. It’s one of the ten best films I’ve ever seen. Our professor grew up in the Soviet Union and at the end (no spoilers, I promise) she had to leave because it was too familiar. I wasn’t informed until afterwards that it was based on a true story, but it didn’t matter. As I watched it I actually forgot that it was subtitled, and my memory of it now is as though it was in English. My point by saying that is that it was so real, so powerfully directed and acted, that the language barrier didn’t matter one bit. Stunning film.