Ukraina, 2001, 107mn 
Colour, fiction
Vtorostepennye lyudi
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Второстепенные люди


 Minor people

 Citoyens de deuxième classe

Other titles : Second Class Citizens
Directed by : Kira MURATOVA (Кира МУРАТОВА)
Writing credits : Sergey CHETVERTKOV (Сергей ЧЕТВЕРТКОВ), Yevgeni GOLUBENKO (Евгений ГОЛУБЕНКО), Kira MURATOVA (Кира МУРАТОВА)
Natalia BUZKO (Наталья БУЗЬКО) ...Vera
Sergey CHETVERTKOV (Сергей ЧЕТВЕРТКОВ) ...le docteur
Jean DANIEL (Жан ДАНИЭЛЬ) ...Jean
Philip PANOV (Филипп ПАНОВ) ...Micha
Nikolay SEDNEV (Николай СЕДНЕВ) ...les jumeaux
Cinematography : Gennadi KARIUK (Геннадий КАРЮК)
Production design : Yevgeni GOLUBENKO (Евгений ГОЛУБЕНКО)
Produced by : Anna CHMIL (Анна ЧМИЛЬ), Sergey GRINEVSKY (Сергей ГРИНЕВСКИЙ)
Companies : Odessa Film Studios

Plot synopsis
This satiric comedy uses one woman's attempts to straighten out her life as a metaphor for the search for peace in a world of chaos. Vera (Natalia Buzko) is an eccentric young woman who is stuck in an unhealthy relationship with an abusive man. Vera appeals to a young doctor to help her get away from her significant other, but the doctor's intervention accidentally leads to the boyfriend's death. Vera responds by putting her lover's body into a suitcase and wandering the streets, confronting those who cross her path. Vtorostepyenniye Lyudi was screened in competition at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival.
Mark Deming,

Kira Muratova: Minor People (Vtorostepennye liudi, 2001), Birgit BEUMERS,, 2003
Review by Birgit Beumers on

A physician accidentally kills somebody. For a long time he carries the body about with him in a suitcase, vainly attempting to get rid of it. The living figures blend into the texture of the film as if they were descendants of mummified or artificially created bodies. They apparently suffer from being pale shadows of other people, their bodies manipulated and directed by an other-worldly force. At the end, however, the “corpse” comes back to life. Save for human neuroses, none of the figures can be said to reflect anything. The spoken language is reminiscent of an unstructured background of noise, especially when the jaw is clenched and no rationalised syntactic chain is able to force its way through the mask of the human face.
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Selected in the following festivals :
- Rétrospective Kira Mouratova à la Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2019
- Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2013
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2009
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2009
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2001