Adam's Rib* (1992)
- 1992 ----- color ----- 74 min ----- vhs///
(Directed by Vyacheslav Kristofovich, screenplay by Vladimir Kounine based on House of Young Women by Anatole Kourtchatkine; with Irina Churikova, Svetlana Ryabove, Maria Golubkina, Elena Bogdanova) A contemporary Russian social comedy reminiscent of Chekhov. Set in a crowded flat, the great Irina Churikova plays Nina, the stressed-out post-Soviet woman taking care of mute, disabled (but opportunistic) Grandma and her own two daughters. Nina has recently attracted a new suitor, however, she is unable to enjoy any quiet time with him. Lida, the eldest daughter is having an affair with one of her co-workers, who just happens to be married and a womanizer. Natalia, the younger daughter, finds herself pregnant at 15 with no intentions of marrying her boyfriend. The climax of the film occurs at Grandma's birthday, where Nina's current lover along with her two exes all arrive at the apartment. What follows is a chaotic evening of revelations, embarrassments and reconciliations.
(In Russian with English subtitles)
(Restricted to classroom use only)
- Topics: (Family Life, Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, Women Studies)