Monday, April 6, 2009

И Все-Таки Я Люблю ... And All the Same I Love...

This is a modern serial which takes place in the early sixties in the Soviet Union.

It's 24 series and 1230 minutes. It is roughly in two halves but I'll spoil some if it I explain what the halves are.

It has Russian sound and Russian subtitles.

It's the story of Vera, a girl who grew up in a orphanage that comes to Moscow to work in a factory and meets and falls in love with Max who is the son of a well off General.

It's kind of a sad movie but I think it reveals many things about Russian life. I really enjoyed it.

All these movies have themes that are a little hard to understand if you have not spent time in Russia or at least studying the history of the country.

One constant theme is the disregard for the value of a human life and you will see a lot of that in this film. Another theme is the constant danger around people and from places you can't predict.

Each of these movies I review has it's own lexicon and they are all great if you are learning Russian.

Хиромант (Khiromant) - The Palm Reader

"The Palm Reader" is a very modern serial. It has 10 episodes and is 470 minutes in total.
If you are able to stop watching this once you start, you will be the first person I know that was able to do that.

This movie has Russian subtitles and no other language subtitles.

It's about Sergei whose father left the family when he was a small boy. His father was a palm reader and leaves Segei his book on palm reading when he dies. The book is delivered to him by an stranger who was a friend of his father. From that day on Sergei's life takes on a whole new direction and the series is about what happens after that moment.