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Roman BALAIAN
Роман БАЛАЯН
Roman BALAIAN
 
USSR, 1982, 92 mn 
Colour, fiction

Polety vo sne i nayavu

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Полеты во сне и наяву

 

 Vols entre rêves et réalités

 Polety vo sne i nayavu


 
Directed by : Roman BALAIAN (Роман БАЛАЯН)
Writing credits : Viktor MEREZHKO (Виктор МЕРЕЖКО)
 
Cast
Yelena CHERNYAK (Елена ЧЕРНЯК)
Lyudmila GURCHENKO (Людмила ГУРЧЕНКО)
Yelena KOSTINA (Елена КОСТИНА)
Oleg MENSHIKOV (Олег МЕНЬШИКОВ)
Nikita MIKHALKOV (Никита МИХАЛКОВ)
Liubov RUDNEVA (Любовь РУДНЕВА)
Oleg YANKOVSKY (Олег ЯНКОВСКИЙ) ...Sergueï Makarov
Lyudmila ZORINA (Людмила ЗОРИНА)
 
Production design : Vitali VOLYNSKY (Виталий ВОЛЫНСКИЙ)
Music : Vadim KHRAPACHEV (Вадим ХРАПАЧЕВ)
Sound : Lyudmila LYUBENSKAYA (Людмила ЛЮБЕНСКАЯ)
Production : Studio Dovzhenko
 

Plot synopsis
Sergei Makarov's (Oleg Yankovsky) behavior is the focus of this seriocomedy about a man who is in no way aggressive or embittered although he may never find a place where he "belongs." Sergei has a wife and child and a mistress yet he is not completely happy with these relationships. He also works in an engineering complex and flirts with one of the women there -- who like everyone else, treats him in a patronizing way. His behavior, to the adults around him, is rather childish -- it is as though Sergei has not fully grown up, but people are not unsympathetic to him. Just as he takes flight in his dreams, he also "takes flight" in reality -- unable to see from the perspective of others. When his mistress threatens to leave him, for example, he falls down with the heavy melon he is bringing to her and she rushes to see if he is okay -- then he kisses her. After various escapades, one involving a police chase, Sergei celebrates his birthday party -- a large outing in the countryside. The issue at stake is that he is now 40 years old and unlike most adults at that age, he seems unable to leave his childhood behind, and by the standards of his own society, should have already accomplished "something" in life. This film by director Roman Balayan created a lot of discussion and a good response in the USSR when it was released in the early 1980s.
Eleanor Mannikka, www.allmovie.com
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Signs of the Everyday in Post-Soviet Cinema, Liliia NEMCHENKO, kinokultura.com, 2011
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Sofia International Film Festival, Sofia (Bulgaria), 2009
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2008
- Nantes Russian Film Festival, Nantes (France), 2004

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