Tsenzuru K Pamyati Ne Dopuskayu (1991)

Run Time - 127 min.  |   Countries - Russia  |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

Popular actor Alexander Porokhovshchikov made his directing debut with this film and made a splash with it at the 1993 San Rafael Film Festival in Italy: it won that festival's Grand Prize. Ranging from World War II to the "present," this movie paints a picture of a man (Porokhovshchikov) whose entire life has been scarred by the fact that his grandfather was arrested by the (Stalinist) authorities, and his father abandoned his home at the same time. He is certain that anyone associating with him is bound to get in trouble with the authorities and has based his life on that. However, when he finds out that the girlfriend he abandoned (for her safety) is pregnant, he reassesses his views.