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Otets (2007)

| Drama | 2007 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Aleksey Guskov ... Aleksei Ivanov
Polina Kutepova Polina Kutepova ... Lyuba
Svetlana Ivanova ... Masha
Vasiliy Prokopev ... Petrusha
Roman Madyanov ... Khariton
Nina Ruslanova ... Anyuta
Aleksandr Bashirov ... Nikolai
Yekaterina Vasilyeva ... Aunt Klava
Lyudmila Arinina ... Aunt Musya
Lidiya Velezheva Lidiya Velezheva ... Kira
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denis Buzin Denis Buzin ... Vasya
Aleksandra Karlikova Aleksandra Karlikova ... Nastya (as Sasha Karlikova)
Roman Pecherskiy Roman Pecherskiy
Vladimir Rublev Vladimir Rublev


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Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]





Release Date:

2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isä See more »

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Production Co:

Mentor Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is based on a short story called "Vozvrashchenie" ("The Return"). Another Russian film, The Return (2003), had a working title "Otets" ("Father"). See more »

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What prolonged absence can do to your family
8 December 2007 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

War does not merely kill and maim--it can shatter families. Here is a Russian film based on a short story "The Return" that examines with considerable entertainment the chances of good men and women to cheat on their marriage either to survive or even as a result of altruism.

The film also brings to the fore how in the absence of the father, young boys mature into responsible adults.

Director Solovov's cinema is not exceptional but it captures the various tremors a strong family suffers, when one leading member of the family is away for a long while. If we forget the war, the film is of significance as we can reflect on how good men, women and children are affected by a long absence of a pivotal member of the nuclear family. The father is not flawless, he is human, but more importantly the father has to be responsible to lead his family (as a captain would lead his soldiers under his command) All the performances are credible and laudable especially those of the children. Solovov chose an interesting subject to film and he does it with elan. The photography, though not intrusive, is able to capture the cold, bleak post war Russia.

The film was shown at the 12th International Film Festival of Kerala, India. This film underlined the growing use of children by directors to explore complex issues around the world. It also underlined the growing interest of filmmakers in reflecting on the importance of building strong family values.

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