Zavist Bogov (2000)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 135 min.  |   Countries - Russia  |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A woman finds new love, but with the wrong man and at the wrong time, in this drama set in the former Soviet Union in the mid-1980s. Sonya (Vera Alentova) is a 44-year-old woman who is unhappy in her two-decades-old marriage to an author, who is open-minded where Sonya is repressed and guarded. Sonya is a member of a group trying to promote better relations between France and the Soviet Union, and she receives a visit from Bernard (Gerard Depardieu), one of the French committee organizers. Bernard does not speak Russian, so he brings with him an interpreter, Andre (Antoly Lobotsky), a Frenchman living and working in Russia. As Andre speaks to Sonya for Bernard, he finds himself becoming attracted to her, and while Sonya is initially resistant, she soon falls into an affair with Andre. But like Sonya, Andre already has a spouse, and he's due to return to France in a week once his working papers and visa expire, leaving them little time to decide what they should do about their adulterous relationship. Zavist Bogov received its American premiere at the 2000 Chicago Film Festival.