Bumazhny Patefon (1988)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

Made during perestroika and the days of Gorbachev, this film is highly critical of Joseph Stalin and of religious persecution. Set in 1947, this story follows the efforts of Vika (Angelika Nevolina), a girl whose father has been arrested for political reasons. Rather than being allowed to complete school, she becomes the school janitor, thanks to the intervention of her "politically reliable" former principal. She marries an old teacher of hers, though she never lives with him. She is determined to have a baby of her own. To that end, she lures a young marine and would-be diplomat to her basement apartment. She is on the verge of believing in the possibility of love when her soldier-lover Senia (Gleb Soshikov) marries the girl who denounced her. Despite Senia's betrayal of Vika, probably in order to advance his career, he is unlikely to rise far because of his father's participation in the Baptist church.