Friday, 15 February 2013

Vyacheslav Krishtofovich: Lonely Woman Seeks Life Companion - Одинокая женщина желает познакомиться (1986)

Director: Vyacheslav Krishtofovich
Writer: Viktor Merezhko
Stars: Irina Kupchenko, Aleksandr Zbruev, Elena Solovey

A tall, regal, reserved 43-year-old woman named Klavdiya (Irina Kupchenko) has grown so despairing over her unmarried status that she posts five little notices in the vicinity of her apartment complex, with their message more or less that of the film's title. She appears sad, nervous and uncertain about having taken this drastic step.

Klavdiya is, after all, a very attractive and self-sufficient woman, and her quiet life is not without its rewards. ''You've no one to take you to the movies,'' a friend points out. ''But there are so few good movies,'' Klavdiya replies. It's true, and this one won't make the list any longer.

The ad attracts virtually no takers, but it does bring to Klavdiya's drab doorstep the irritating Valentin (Aleksandr Zbruyev), who has a hangdog demeanor, a drinking problem and a past history as a circus clown. Klavdiya doesn't like him, particularly when he baldly interrogates her about her prospects and tries to extort a loan. Valentin finds repeated excuses to try charming his way into Klavdiya's life and to hover, albatrosslike, over her every activity. ...

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