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|At Home Among Strangers a Stranger Among His Own|
Actors: Yuri Bogatyrev, Alexander Kaidanovsky, Alexander Kalyagin, Nikolai Pastukhov, Sergei Shakurov
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House
An unenviable lot has fallen to Red Army soldier Shilov--he is suspected of stealing gold from the government. The collected valuables have disappeared from an armored, well-guarded train car on its way to Moscow. Shilov w... more »
I want to add to my first review on this exellent film .
Vlad | russianwriter.net | 12/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just have to add interesting point about translation . Look at the name of this film . The wrong traslation killed the meaning of it and rythm it had . They translated the words not the meaning . That is why I work with professional translators on my books differently : I read them every frase and ecsplane the meaning of it , the feeling I wanted to give . Any other way will lose to much in transaction from one language to another .
The right translation of the film's name should be :
" An Enemy among the friends , A friend among the enemies "- se the differense ?"
A Soviet film with an American influence
Kelly L. Norman | Plymouth, MI United States | 11/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I was told this film was a Russian "Western", my first response was, "could a Soviet director even do that?" But Mikhalkov, in this strong debut, pulled it off. The lovely score, which evokes Morricone(think "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"), the masculinity of the film,the natural cinematography, overhead views of the train crossing the steppes, and getaways on horseback through the hills, can easily fool one into thinking John Wayne will appear around the next corner. In the context of this John Ford-influenced structure, Mikhalkov has constructed a complex, emotionally satisfying story. Friends who fought together during the Revolution are given an assignment to bring money to Moscow to help the hungry. Shirov is among them, but disappears, thought murdered. By the time he reappears, the money has been stolen and rather than joy, his presence brings suspicion. Shirov spends the rest of the movie among the bandits responsible, hoping to surreptitiously get the money to its intended beneficiaries. Along the way, he has some chances to gently chide his new friends about their selfish ways, and how they conflict with Marx's intentions of even distribution of wealth (thereby, no doubt, relieving censors who might be anxious about the US look of the film).I gave the film 4 instead of 5 stars in part because in some ways it tried to do too much. Subplots and tales about each character threatened to overwhelm the main story line at times and made it difficult to follow. I also would have liked to have seen a few women among the main characters. However, these are minor concerns and I will enjoy watching "At Home Among Strangers, A Stranger Among His Own" again.Extras: The DVD features the Russian language film with different versions subtitled in 10 or so different languages."
One of the best Russian suspence films !
Vlad | russianwriter.net | 11/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved it than , love it now . A must se film for everyone , interested in world sinema !
Russian Civil War is over ... all the combat friends - survivors
get on with building " new " Russia ... need to learn to live by the new ( civilian ) rules . The train with a lot of gold been robbed . The gold was ment to be used to buy bread abroad for the starving Russians ... 2 of the friends was framed for the robbery ... the other ones had to arrest them . One of the framed desided to escape to proove to his buddys - he didn't do it . But now it is not anouph...now he need to get inside the local partisan gang to find the gold ... Cann't tell you more - watch it .
But it is not just the story itself ... this film has so many unpredictable twists , such a good directing and camera work ! It defenatly deserves second place after " White Desert Sun " ! And just to se Konstantin Raikin shaved head already worse the price of this DVD !"
A true masterpiece
bayganyo | New York, NY United States | 01/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is a debut of the world renowed director Nikita Mihalkov and his best film in my opinion.Mihalkov, who won an Academy Award for "Burnt by the Sun", made "At home among strangers.." at age of 29. You will love the breathtaking cinematography of Pavel Lebeshev, who is also a director of cinematography of "Prisoner of the Mountains" The film was shot on locations around the Chechen capital and in the plains of Azerbaijan. Great actors became international stars after the release of the movie. Yury Bogatyryov is unforgettable as the leading character Shilov. Sergey Shakurov later became known for his role in Konchalovsky's movie "Sibiriade".Alexsander Kaidanovsky you will enjoy seeing in "Stalker" directed by Tarkovsky.This movie is a beautiful tale about true friendship, generosity of human spirit and courage."