ESSENTIAL CINEMA

BROTHER (Brat)

Cinematography by Sergey Astakhov
Editing by Marina Lipartiya
Original music by Vyacheslav Butusov
Cast: Sergey Bodrov Jr., Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova
Russia, 1997, 35mm print distributed by Kino Lorber Films, color, 1.57:1, 99 min.
Russian/English/French with English subtitles

“Danila returns from army service to a St. Petersburg transformed into a casual culture high on music and consumerism. The chaotic atmosphere, carefully depicted by Balabanov's moody camerawork, easily invites the smug, belligerent Danila into a world of crime. Soon the youth is accompanying his brother Viktor, a contract killer for the Russian underworld, on violent escapades where wads of cash and a well-gripped gun are the ultimate symbols of power. Bodrov's cynical, brutal performance, reminiscent of tough-guy roles from countless Hollywood mob movies, further conveys the sense that the 1990s St. Petersburg is not a far cry from the blood-strewn Chicago of the late 1920s. And like Bogart and Cagney, Bodrov makes his morally challenged hero strangely likeable.” -- Kino Lorber



Thu, January 23, 2014, 7:30 PM
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