Russian Film: "Brother (Brat)"
Thu, January 23, 2014 | Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
Apart of Austin Film Society's series entitled, "Pushing the Curtain Aside: Russian Films of the Past Two Decades".
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.
In Russian with English subtitles.
Cost: $5 with student ID; $8 general admission
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