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Zoology

  • 2016
  • Ivan I Tverdovsky
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

A middle-aged zoo worker who still lives with her mother in a small coastal town gets a shock one day when she grows a tail. Drama, starring Masha Tokareva, Natalya Pavlenkova and Aleksandr Gorchilin. In Russian.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director Ivan I Tverdovsky insists this tale of a tail has universal significance and is not simply an allegory of Vladimir Putin's Russia. Nevertheless, the gloomy interiors, photographed in numbing blues and greys by Alexander Mikeladze, very much suggest the oppressive system that a middle-aged zoo administrator (Natalia Pavlenkova) seeks to kick against after she suddenly sprouts a magnificent tail. Initially, she hides it from her superstitious mother and her bitchy workmates. Yet, even though her priest bars her from communion amid rumours of a demon roaming the parish, Pavlenkova begins to accept her newfound appendage. She treats herself to a makeover and even goes on a date with a younger radiologist (Dmitriy Groshev). However, it becomes clear while copulating in a cage that Groshev's motives are not purely romantic. Marbled with melancholy, this is an intelligent meditation on gender, age and body image. But, while Pavlenkova is exceptional, Tverdovsky often seems more preoccupied with superficial symbolism than his potent satirical message.

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Credits

Cast

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NatashaNatalya Pavlenkova
KatyaMasha Tokareva
PetyaDimitriy Groshev
MotherIrina Chipizhenko

Crew

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DirectorIvan I Tverdovsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
Arrow
Released on
2017-09-29
Language
Russian
Guidance
Sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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