Prorva (1992)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire, Political Drama, Satire  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - Germany, France, Russia  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

In this free-wheeling drama, dozens of little dramas center around an affair between the wife of an NKVD official and a baggage handler she has met. The woman, a former aristocrat, is relatively safe in Moscow in 1930, even though Joseph Stalin is running the country since she is married to a member of his secret police (the NKVD). Her husband's unit has been ordered to train a feisty black stallion for the Red Army commander to ride on parade. Hopeless love and aberrant sexuality seems to be a secondary theme, as one story concerns a lawyer who has fallen in love with his praying-mantis-type client, a woman who kills her bedmates. Another story concerns a poet who has fallen in love with a ballerina who cannot accord his affection the kind of response he desires, which makes him suicidal.



extramarital-affair, Russia, secret-police, Stalinism, horse, horse-trainer