Dariya the maid getting a boy to touch her large breast is just one incident that occurs when Yohan and Victor infiltrate two families, forcing young Liza and blind Ekaterina to appear in porn, but they are not so innocent themselves. —IMDb
Aleksei Balabanov was born on February 25, 1959 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). In 1981 he graduated from Translation Faculty of Gorky Teachers’ Training University. From 1983 to 1987 Alexei worked as an assistant of a film director at Sverdlovsk film studio. Later Balabanov studied at the experimental course “Authors’ Cinema” of the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, graduating in 1990.
Balabanov started his creative career in “big cinema” in 1991 with directing his first full-length feature Shchastlivyye dni (Happy Days) after his own script. In the same year he became the co-author of the script Pogranichniy Conflict (Frontier Conflict) by the young film director Nadezhda Khvorova. In 1992 Aleksei Balabanov together with producers Sergei Selyanov and Vasily Grigor’ev established the STV Film Company, which later participated in creation of almost all of his films.
In 1994 the film director released Zamok (The Castle) after the famous novel by Frantz… read more
Strange blend of Russian chamber drama, silent film conventions, Siamese twins and s&m. Shot in sepia the look of the film is very fitting like a long passed relic discovered. Performances vary but the emotionless Sergei Makovetsky and the innocence lost of Dinara Drukarova are both quite striking. Bizarre, kinky but fascinating.
Podría leerse como una mirada crítica a las tecnologías de la imagen que al mismo tiempo que traen una promesa de un nuevo mundo perceptivo y artístico (como dice uno de sus personajes) rapidamente se articulan con las pulsiones perversas del capitalismo y la violencia de la modernidad.