Poshchyochina (1981)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USSR  |  
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In this sympathetic treatment of an ethical young Armenian who stands up against the prejudices of the 1930s in his small village, director Genrikh Malyan and scriptwriter Stephan Aladzhadzhyan weave a basic plot that starts with the young man's adoption by humble parents. He inherits his adopted father's saddle-making business at the father's death, and tries to set his hands to working in this profession that he had never wanted from the beginning. An idealist to the core, he falls in love with a prostitute who has arrived in the town accompanied by a madam and one other lady of the evening - and he defies convention by following his heart and marrying the prostitute. His decision has its own effects on the town and his mother, especially after she had tried so hard to find him a respectable wife, and puts his personal choice in vivid contrast to the weight of social pressure from the community.

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adoption, business, family-embarrassment, ideals, inheritance, love, prejudice