Kurochka Ryaba (1994)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire, Rural Drama, Satire  |   Run Time - 116 min.  |   Countries - France, Russia  |  
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This Russian-French comedy examines the effects of capitalism and democracy upon a Russian peasant village. It was filmed in the rural village of Bezvodnoye, the setting of this film's 1967 precursor "Asya's Happiness." The outspoken peasant woman Asya returns in this new episode which begins with her walking along a road explaining why democracy doesn't work. Her husband is an alcoholic who lives with a gypsy. Her son works on the black market for the mob. He was part of a theft involving a rare golden egg from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Asya's opinions seem to be well founded. In the village crime has increased, inflation is rising, and local authorities are ineffectual. Many locals are so angry at the town Capitalist for running his mill 24-hours per day that they stage a demonstration and begin waving pro-Communist banners. Asya's pet chicken begins to grow and speak.

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alcoholism, black-market, capitalism, democracy, gangster, gypsy, peasant, rampage, robbery, small-town