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A Nest of Gentlefolk

  • Film

Time Out says

The first thing you notice about Konchalovsky's film is the vulnerability of its characters. Based on one of Turgenev's stories, it's all there - the travels abroad to remote and seductive but unsatisfying foreign capitals, the continuing dialogue on the meaning of Russianness, the feeling of gentlemanly melancholy...and those women. A man, a gentleman (even if his mother was a servant), reopens his old estate, a servant girl bobbing ahead of him opening doors, drawing back curtains - an excuse for some superb camerawork. Shown sumptuous portraits of his father's family, he asks to see his mother's portrait. In a sense the rest of the film is an attempt to piece together the picture, first of one woman - the wife who left him - then another, and to paint himself into their world. Not a bad aim, and one that isn't given a falsely easy solution either.

Release Details

  • Duration:106 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky
  • Screenwriter:Valentin Yezhov, Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky
  • Cast:
    • Leonid Kulagin
    • Beata Tyszkiewicz
    • Irina Kupchenko
    • A Kostomolotsky
    • Viktor Sergachov
    • V Kochurikhin
    • Nikita Mikhalkov
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