Saturday, 27 November 2010

Stanislav Govorukhin: The Rifleman of the Voroshilov Regiment - Ворошиловский стрелок (1999)



Voroshilov Sharpshooter (1999)

Director Stanislav Govorukhin
Actors Mikhail Ulyanov, Anna Sinyakina, Alexander Porohovschikov, Vladimir Semago, Sergei Garmash, Vladislav Galkin, Alexey Makarov, Marat Basharov, Ilya Ancient, Irina Rozanova, Georgiy Martirosyan, Vyacheslav Golodnov

Voroshilov`s sniper

Stanislav Govorukhin directs this revenge drama that skewers both that country's pandemic corruption and nouveau riche thugs. Ivan Fedorovich (Mikhail Ulyanov) is a former railway worker who served during WWII as a sharp shooter in a crack Voroshilov regiment. Long retired, Ivan lives with his attractive teenaged granddaughter Katya (Anna Sinyakina), while her executive mother chases both business and men abroad. One day, Katya is picked up by a trio of wealthy young "New Russians" who have a taste for expensive cars and violent Western movies. They take her to a neighboring apartment complex, get her drunk, and then take turns raping her. The three boast that she is not the first girl they have ravaged and will not be the last. When Katya staggers home and tells her grandfather what happened, he immediately informs the police. The cops arrest the rapists and beat a confession out of them. Yet before the criminal trial can proceed, the district inspector (Vladislav Galkin), who coincidentally is the father of one of the rapists, orders the charges be dropped. After angrily complaining to a series of unreceptive bureaucrats, Ivan decides to take manners into his own hands using his old marksmanship expertise and a black market rifle. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.

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