Aleksei German’s masterpiece journeys into the past, as an elderly man reflects on his childhood in a communal apartment in a mid-thirties provincial town. As a nine-year-old boy, he is witness to the lives of those around him – chief among them the detective, Ivan Lapshin. Lapshin’s hunt for a ruthless criminal gang is juxtaposed with his romantic frustrations and the lives of the increasingly desperate townsfolk around him. The first flowering of German’s signature style, with its wandering camera and abundance of rich period detail, Ivan Lapshin was voted the greatest Russian film ever made by cinema professionals in 2011.
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