Mechta (1941)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Russia, USSR  |  
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Described by its director Mikhail Romm as a "study of human destinies influenced by Tolstoy and Balzac," Dream explores the dull and barren lives of a group of people living in a boarding house run by the tyrannical Madame Rosa (Faina Ranevskaya). Rosa terrorizes her son, an unemployed engineer, and her naive and uneducated chambermaid (Elena Kusmina). Dream is set in a Ukranian town that was at the time owned by Poland, and, by the film's end, has been "liberated" and made a part of the Soviet Union.