Asya (1977)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - East Germany, USSR  |  
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In an adaptation of a story set in the 19th century by Ivan Turgenev, director Josef Heifitz has a rather strait-laced, inhibited Russian man visiting Germany by himself and then running into Asya (Yelena Koreneva), a carefree, happy young Russian woman and her half-brother, also doing some traveling. The three of them hook up together and it soon becomes apparent that the Russian gentleman is falling in love with Asya, though he is too timid to do anything about the way he feels -- perhaps because the feeling is so strong. Suddenly one morning he wakes up to find that the pair are gone and although he tries to track them down, it is to no avail. He must return to Russia having lost the one love of his life -- a dejected and unfortunate man. When he visits Germany again many years later, he seems too far immersed in his own self-pity to be salvaged by anyone, including Asya herself.



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