Title: Katya Ismailova AKA: Year: 1994 Original title: Podmoskovnye vechera (Russian: Подмосковные вечера) Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes Country: Russia | France Language: Russian Subtitles: English, Français (Embedded, optional VobSub) Genre: Drama
Director: Valeriy Todorovskiy
Cast Vladimir Mashkov ... Serguei Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Katia Aleksandr Feklistov ... Mitia Alisa Frejndlikh ... Irina Dmitrievna Natalya Shchukina ... Sonia Yuriy Kuznetsov ... Romanov Avangard Leontyev ... Editor Marina Opyonkina E. Vakhovshaia S. Razguliaeva K. Charmadov
Plot / Synopsis Quote:
A wife finds her life transformed after a torrid affair in this story of murder. Katia is a rather dull young woman who types manuscripts for Irina, her husband's mother and successful writer of romance novels. Katia's husband is a real momma's boy. They go to Irina's summer house to work. There Katia encounters the intense and sexy Serguei who creates passionate longings with in her. Overcome she and Serguei engage in vigorous love-making upon a windowsill where Irina sees them. Irina has a weak heart. Quiet Katia, having rediscovered the joys of sex, changes and becomes more assertive and flighty. Serguei quickly loses interest in her. Strange and deadly things begin happening at the summer house which calls the attention of a judge who is extremely familiar with Irina's writing.
A slow-moving but pleasing murder-mystery set in 19th century literary Russia. Dapkounatie is the 'heroine', the downtrodden wife of an immature husband who is packed off to her mother-in-law's (Frenjdlikh) dacha to be unpaid skivvy and typist of the domineering old cow's latest best-selling novel. However, when both women fall for the hunky charms of handyman Mashkov, the situation turns to almost inadvertent murder, guilt and deception as Dapkounatie and Mashkov try to persuade both the police and Frenjdlikh's publisher that she's still alive. There's not much in the way of thrills, but the combination of performances, direction and images on-screen become gradually engrossing.