Burnt by the Sun

Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov

Year: 1994
Running Time: 135
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Country: Russia
Language: Russian w/ English subtitles [audio]

Burnt by the Sun

Cast
Nikita Mikhalkov
Ingeborga Dapkunaite
Oleg Menshikov

Crew
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov


Set in 1936, in the high summer of Stalinist rule, Nikita Mikhalkov's movie centers on a Soviet Army colonel (played by Mikhalkov) and the family group that circulates around him in an idyllic dacha. The idyll cracks when the state, in the person of a family friend (Oleg Menchikov), comes to wreak havoc; a work that began in the rustling spirit of Chekhov ends like a Scorsese picture, with thugs raining blows in the back of a car. What binds the mixture is Mikhalkov's love of all the stray details his camera catches; the movie may sound dispiriting, but it has an amazing ability to cheer you up. There is a full range of acting styles, from the florid to the cartoonish, and to the sharp-eyed, wholly uncute performance of the director's eight-year-old daughter, Nadia, who gazes at the unfolding events with the air of one who will never be able to banish them from her memory.

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