A Nest of Gentlefolk

Film, Action and adventure

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

106 mins

Cast and crew

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