• Film ID:
  • 5940
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=146 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Russia.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Russian.
BURNT BY THE SUN (2007)
(Utomlennye Solntsem)
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha 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. For most of its running time, the film seems to follow suit: it's a placid, languorous country-house comedy far removed from the realities of the Stalinist terror. This is a careful, telling portrait of a community blinded by its illusions, and 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...
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