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Last night I sat in France, drank wine and watched this older Russian film. Good! I liked it, and we found a version with good English subtitles. It's interesting to see the vast winter landscapes which I've driven across so many times on film. Some humorous moments in the movie, but overall it's sad and depressing. The interaction between the main criminals and the Russian cops was especially amusing. What are some similar films about criminals or prison life in post-Soviet Russia? Please recommend, and I will look for versions with decent subtitles so I can understand the story. Otherwise, I'm completely lost when natives are speaking. Thanks! :) 


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Nov. 2nd, 2015 10:54 am (UTC)
Жмурки is a pretty good dark comedy, I can recommend it. I googled English subtitles just now and it seems they exist.
Бригада was a cult series. I haven't seen it, but I know about it.
Брат is also a cult movie, and as a cult movie it is pretty good. I am not sure one can call it a movie about criminals or prison life, but close enough:)
Nov. 2nd, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
I agree. Жмурки is a must. But, when watching with subtitles, be sure, you've got the explanation of the very title and the idea itself. There is a word-play. Жмур means a deadman in criminal slang. And жмурки is a blind man's buff (a children's game). Зажмуриться means 'to close one's eyes tight' and also 'to die' in criminal slang. All these are cognate words, explaining the idea of the film.
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Nov. 2nd, 2015 10:55 am (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2015 10:58 am (UTC)
There are a lot of criminal films in Russia
You could watch "Leviafan" It's like a real life
Nov. 2nd, 2015 10:58 am (UTC)
why did you do that? It's crap.

otherwise "Жмурки" is very funny. I recommend it. But be sure you understand this is a parody.

also "Брат 1" is good but "Брат 2" is crap.

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Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:05 am (UTC)
Why you don't like "Brother 2" ? They both are on same level
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Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
сериалы Бригады , сериалы ""Глухарь и "ОВД Пятницкий", "Бандитский Петербург", "Терминал"

Film "Bumer" was requem for 90-th, it's not actual now
Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
>> сериалы ""Глухарь и "ОВД Пятницкий"

I would recommend these TV series for the following reasons:

- they show a police point of view, and do not glorify criminals, which is common for Russian media;
- the policemen (and women) in these series are not "Miami Vice" clones, but very realistic Russian cops, who believe in justice, but do not rely on the system (which is shown as corrupt as it probably is in reality) and the law;
- many real police officers praised these series for realism;
- last, but not the least - very good cast.

Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:11 am (UTC)
Старьё в топку
The most useful film for you is "inadequate people".
The film clearly shows to a foreigner how to speak russian. Facial muscles must be completely relaxed;)
Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:07 pm (UTC)
"Boomer" is not an indicator and only one side of the past. Maybe "the Island" will be interesting too? http://engtexts.ru/film_the_island.php
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Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:35 am (UTC)
This film is naturaly shit.
Nov. 2nd, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC)
Why "naturally shit"? You like nothing that Russia produces? It's hard to find quality entertainment nowadays, no matter the country.
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Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:40 am (UTC)
The most enjoyable way to watch Russian films - pull out yours eyes with hot spoon.
Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
The Green Elephant
Nov. 2nd, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
Nice choice! Hahaa

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Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:04 pm (UTC)
Russian movie
Hey, Shannon. Try to find Heavenly Court, better to watch 4 films versian.
Nov. 4th, 2015 07:51 am (UTC)
+1 for Небесный суд. It's awesome, unlike most of the movies and (especially) tv shows adviced in this thread.
In case criminal idea of the movie is not strongly required, I'd highly recommend the movies by Kvartet I: Elections Day (день выборов), Day of the Radio (день радио), What Do Men Talk About 1&2 (о чем говорят мужчины) etc. To my mind, those are the best ones ever made by modern Russian cinema industry.
Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:24 pm (UTC)
Absolutely disgusting show. As almost all Russian movies.
The only wish during watching this crap is let's all characters die as soon as posible.
Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC)
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