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Time Time123 mins
LanguageRussian
Warning Suicide, Nudity, Violence
Great Poetry
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Two war veterans,Viktor and Lyokha, have the unenviable job of being cash collectors and live in a half finished settlement on the outskirts of Moscow. In their attempts to reorient themselves to civilian life, both are drawn to poetry. For Viktor this means classic verse. Conversely Lyokha finds himself in the uncompromising honesty of hip hop. Aleksandr Lungin’s unflinching picture of marginalisation in modern Russia asks the question, is society built for integration and equality?

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Olga Doletskaya
Olga Doletskaya
A melancolic Russian western
This is one of those rare festival gems that is not spoken about nearly enough. I absolutely loved the film and the way it represents life on the outskirts of Russia's big cities. Felt menacing and homely at the same time. Special shout out to the song by FACE they play in the car, I haven't been able to get it out of my head for approximately a week.
Symon Vegro
Symon Vegro
Not a laugh a minute …
Very good, but very pessimistic. Excellent acting performances.

It brought to my mind the line from Keats: ‘The poetry of the Earth is never dead’.
Awards and Festivals
2019
Award Laurel
Best Director
Awarded to Aleksandr Lungin
Kinotavr
2019
Award Laurel
Best Actor
Awarded to Alexander Kuznetsov
Kinotavr
2019
Award Laurel
Best Actor
Awarded to Alexander Kuznetsov and Alexey Filimonov
Sakhalin International Film Festival
2019
Award Laurel
Best Director
Awarded to Aleksandr Lungin
International Film Festival of the Asia-Pacific countries
Cast and Crew