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The Ugly Swans (2006)

Gadkie lebedi (original title)
The writer is invited to the town of Tashlinsk by the mutants who emerged after an unnatural and constant rain causing the evacuation of the city, and by the children who are studying the unearthly knowledge of mutants.

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Konstantin Lopushanskiy (screenplay), Vyacheslav Rybakov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Hlady ... Viktor Banev (as also Grigoriy Gladiy)
Leonid Mozgovoy Leonid Mozgovoy ... Ayzek Golemba
Aleksey Kortnev ... Pavel Sumak (as also Alexei Kortnev)
Rimma Sarkisyan Rimma Sarkisyan ... Ira Baneva
Laura Pitskhelauri Laura Pitskhelauri ... Diana
Sergey Barkovskiy Sergey Barkovskiy ... Gennadiy Komov (as also Sergei Barkovsky)
Dmitriy Ispolatov Dmitriy Ispolatov ... Bora Kunitsa (as Dima Ispolatov)
Olga Samoshina Olga Samoshina ... Lyudmila
Aleksey Ingelevich Aleksey Ingelevich ... Valentin Pilman (as also Aleksei Ingelevich)
Viktor Mikhaylov ... Mokrets Zinoviy (as Victor Mikhailov)
Viktor Dzekanovskiy Viktor Dzekanovskiy ... (as Vitya Dzekanovskiy) (as Victor Dzekanovsky)
Vladimir Grigorev Vladimir Grigorev ... (as Volodya Grigoriev) (as Vladimir Grigoriyev)
Vasiliy Petrov Vasiliy Petrov ... (as Vasya Petrov) (as also Vasily Petrov)
Ilya Kovalev Ilya Kovalev
Anastasiya Rudenko Anastasiya Rudenko ... (as Nastya Rudenko) (as also Anastasia Rudenko)
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A father travels with a UN envoy to the isolated town of Tashlinsk in search of his daughter, who has been institutionalized by a group of "non-humans". He must race against time before the authorities purge this mysterious institution. (Russian with English subtitles). Written by Anonymous

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25 April 2019 | by danielmeenchSee all my reviews

I did not read the novella behind the script and I am not familiar with the work of Lopushanskiy, so I'll just leave a brief description of what I saw.

I ve found this movie accidentally and because I like decent indie I ve watched it. Should say, that first scene got my attention, but after that, in almost every scene, my eyes kept paid attention to seemingly minor flaws, which in total turned out so much that I didn't manage to fully immerse myself in viewing.

The weak sound design, creepy editing from scene to scene, empty phrases which brings absolutely nothing useful for plot or characters continued to replenish the column with minuses. Perhaps, if actors could play better or knew what they are talking about, it could work, but it didn't. Bad acting is a scourge of any picture and this one was not an exception. Maybe it is was not not their fault. Maybe they just didn't fit the role or simply the lines sucked (or actors themselves). Anyway, it ruined the diving in to the atmosphere that director tried to create but could not. Some of the scenes that has to be scary don't work neither. So I just continued to watch it as a good tutorial on how you can beautifully highlight the location and where you do not need to save on the quantity of frames.

Even when a movie is intellectual, and the film claims to be such, it is obliged to entertain, simply because it is a cinema. This is its direct task.


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17 June 2006 (Russia) See more »

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