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Asya's Happiness

  • 1967
  • Andrei Konchalovsky
  • 97 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama depicting the harsh realities of daily life in a remote Russian village. A young, lame cook is rejected by her lover when she becomes pregnant.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Suppressed by the Communist authorities because of the critical political opinions expressed by some of the male characters and not released abroad until the late 1980s, this film exemplifies why director Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky was one of the USSR's premier directors before decamping to Hollywood and taking on more commercial fare (as plain Andrei Konchalovsky). The magnificent Iya Savvina, supported by a largely non-professional and extraordinarily natural cast, stars in this account of life in a rural village, with its attendant hardships, its community attitudes, and the personal suffering and indomitable courage of Asya herself. This absorbing and moving film is rich in detail, authentic atmosphere and honesty.

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Credits

Cast

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Asya KlyachinkaIya Savvina
TBCLyubov Sokolova
TBCAlexander Surin
TBCGennady Yegorychev

Crew

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DirectorAndrei Konchalovsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Languages
Russian
Formats
Black and white
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