Director: Aleksei Uchitel
Writer: Dunya Smirnova
Stars: Andrey Smirnov, Galina Tyunina, Olga Budina
Aleksei Uchitel's film His Wife's Diary reveals the private side of the life of the great Russian writer Ivan Bunin, a side which is unknown to audiences.
Living in immigration in France, separated from Russia and deeply worried about his homeland during World War II, Bunin cannot find peace in his own family. This complicated love drama, involving Bunin, his wife Vera, his lover, young poet Galina Plotnikova, and opera singer Marga Kovtun, for whom Galina leaves Bunin, is strikingly frank. Bunin's story, as told by Aleksei Uchitel, contradicts the widespread beliefs about the writer.
As the main goal of the film is not to follow historic truth, the director has concentrated on Bunin's personality. He is not afraid of showing the Russian classic from a side which is usually not mentioned in literature textbooks. In the film, Bunin is tortured and indecisive, and harrowed by passions. Dramatic scenes give the audience a full sense of the atmosphere of personal catastrophe experienced by this great man. ...