Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Eldar Ryazanov: A Railway Station for Two - Вокзал для двоих (1982)

Director Eldar Ryazanov
Cast: Lyudmila Gurchenko, Oleg Basilashvili, Nikita Mikhalkov, Nonna Mordyukova, Stanislav Sadalsky, Aleksandr Shirvindt, Tatyana Dogileva, Mikhail Kononov.
USSR, Mosfilm,
Classics, Comedy.

A melodramatic love story with three main heroes: Vera, a waitress; Platon, a pianist; and... a train station where these two, already not young, people met. The differences in the heroes' characters and professions, the plight that Platon found himself in (he is to be arrested and undergo trial) trigger a host of both amusing and sad situations which serve as a backdrop for their unfolding love. Platon is innocent of the crime he is being accused of. He simply took the blame for his wife's driving over a pedestrian. But this is known only to Platon's wife and Vera in whom he confided. However, after the verdict has been passed, Platon's life is of no interest to his wife, although Vera is ready to wait for his release...

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