Beliye Nochi (1959)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USSR  |  
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Not to be confused with 1985's White Nights, this slow-paced romantic drama is based on a story by Feodor Dostoyevsky about a daydreamer (Oleg Strijanov). Set in the 19th century during Czarist rule, the tale begins when the man who has essentially daydreamed his life away, meets a stranger named Nashtenka (Ludmilla Martchenko) on a bridge in St. Petersburg. The two start up a conversation and develop an instant rapport. Nashtenka is depressed because her boyfriend seems to have left her and the daydreamer no longer feels lonely when he is with her. They meet again the next day, and the next, and so on. But as the relationship between them seems to be growing stronger, an unexpected event looms on the horizon.

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man, relationship, boyfriend, bridge [structure], stranger