Top 10 Russian New Year’s films
Of course, not every one of us has a positive attitude towards films of domestic production. Although they are quite close to us mentally, unlike Hollywood products, small budgets and a crisis of fresh ideas play a negative role. And yet, I want to understand Are Russian films so bad, and is it possible to choose something for New Year’s viewing?
If you look at things objectively, cinema is an international concept. In other words, you can’t judge a movie just by the country where it was made. Even a hopeless studio can sometimes create masterpieces, and industry giants make mistakes. Before us 10 New Year’s films of domestic production, which turned out to be really high-quality.
Operation Happy New Year!
Director: Alexander Rogozhkin
Year of release: 1996
Today, this film may seem a little outdated to you, but in the mid-nineties, when the domestic film industry rarely pleased us with worthy tapes, this picture became a real hit. By this time, Rogozhkin managed to shoot “Peculiarities of the National Hunt” and dragged a good half of the cast into the new project.. The director also invited other artists who became recognizable a little later.
Everyone wants to celebrate the New Year, even patients of the trauma department of the hospital. The resulting injuries prevent them from properly preparing for the holiday, but mutual assistance and inexhaustible optimism can make a real Christmas miracle.
Happy New Year, moms!
Director: Sarik Andreasyan and others.
Year of issue: 2012
This picture is underestimated by many, although it can be safely called a worthy New Year’s movie. The film “Happy New Year, Mom!” – it’s about kindness, care, love and those qualities that we sometimes lack in real life. Not every viewer is a fan of the acting talent of Pavel Volya or Garik Kharlamov, but in this project the comedians play sincerely.
The film consists of several short stories, which are united by a feeling of love and gratitude to the dearest person in our life – mother. Sometimes we see funny situations, and sometimes the creators of the picture make the viewer sad, but the New Year’s atmosphere is really felt in every frame.
Director: Vera Storozheva
Year of issue: 2004
Another hit of its time, which is gradually beginning to be forgotten due to the cinematic diversity and secondary plot. The painting “Frenchman” is the story of “Cinderella” living in the Russian outback. Good humor and Garik Sukachev’s participation in the project make the tape attractive and add pepper to the overall atmosphere of predictability.
A French baron meets a Russian girl through a marriage agency. To get a gentleman, Irina asks her friend Anna to correspond instead of her. The enchanted Frenchman goes to Russia for his beloved, not yet imagining how he will be met by an unfamiliar and mysterious country.
Director: Timur Bekmambetov and others.
Year of issue: 2010
The public also has an ambiguous attitude to this film, but it is worth recognizing that over the years of its existence, the Yolki franchise has become incredibly popular and brought joy to the audience. Now we are talking about the first part, which turned out to be really unexpected and original.. Participation in the project by Ivan Urgant and Sergey Svetlakov has already become a guarantee of success, and the audience liked the New Year’s story.
It makes no sense to retell the events of the film, because the story tells about people of different ages, worldviews and social status. The only thing that unites them is the expectation of a miracle and the desire to help a girl who, through negligence, boasted to her peers about her dad – the president.
What else do men talk about?
Director: Dmitry Dyachenko
Year of issue: 2011
Many people really believe that the picture “What Men Talk About” is one of the best films of domestic production. But its second part, dedicated to the New Year, has collected much more modest estimates. But still, I must admit that this tape will be a pleasant surprise for many viewers who have lost sight of it.
The characters already familiar to us from the first film gather in the office on December 31st. Sasha has big problems, so his friends came to support him, share their thoughts and work together to find a way out of this situation. The viewer is waiting for hilarious conversations about nothing and everything, as well as the New Year’s atmosphere created by the Quartet I.
Director: Vasily Sigarev
Year of release: 2015
Before us is a really loud and controversial project, which with a big stretch can be called a New Year’s movie. Rather, the film is 100% New Year’s, but you will not find a magical atmosphere here with all your desire. And what is there? Boundless, grotesque “everyday life”, multiplied many times since the “Leviathan”. This film is the exact opposite of the “vanilla” “Christmas Trees” and an occasion to think about the world in which we live.
An experienced viewer will be pleased with the stellar cast: Gosha Kutsenko, Alexander Bashirov and Inna Churikova draw attention to the tape. Of the claims – profanity and an abundance of vulgarity against the backdrop of Christmas decorations. It’s a masterpiece or a complete failure – it’s up to you, let’s just say that the tape managed to collect a solid collection of awards.
New Year’s tariff
Director: Evgeny Bedarev
Year of issue: 2008
A unique mixture of “Destination” and “Lake House” awaits fans of Russian cinema who have decided to get acquainted with the film “New Year’s Tariff”. Despite analogies with well-known Western films, the tape manages to preserve the national identity and tell a real New Year’s story. The audience greeted the project with mostly positive feedback – borrowing the plot and ideas did not scare the audience away.
Andrei and Alena live in the same city, but they are separated by time – exactly one calendar year. The guys met through a random phone call and felt sympathy. When Andrei learns that the girl is destined to die next year, he and his friends develop a plan to save her.
Director: Tigran Keosayan
Year of issue: 1997
And this film is one of the few domestic projects in which even a corrosive critic finds it difficult to dare to throw a stone. The picture literally personifies the cinema of the “nineties”, trying to give us a fair amount of humor, without neglecting longingcharacteristic of the Russian soul, in the broad sense of the word. All the characters of the tape are so kind and simple that one can involuntarily believe in a New Year’s miracle.
Berezkin is an unlucky burglar who is not a bandit at all, but only a person with a heightened sense of justice. Having committed another crime, the man meets a small but smart girl Sasha, who is completely deprived of parental attention. Will the characters be able to change their lives despite difficult circumstances?
This is what’s happening to me
Director: Viktor Shamirov
Year of issue: 2012
Many will say that the film “This is what is happening to me” is one of the most touching works in the recent history of Russian cinema. This statement will not be too far from the truth, because the film manages to be both funny and very sad. Despite the meager budget and thanks to the efforts of Gosha Kutsenko, we got an incredibly simple but deep ribbon.viewing which is able to cause genuine emotions in the viewer.
The plot revolves around two brothers who are so mired in everyday problems and life’s difficulties that on the eve of the New Year they feel only endless loneliness. By coincidence, the adventures of men are diluted by a neighbor’s girl – she is also not too much needed by anyone and is another lost soul who is waiting for a miracle on holidays.
Director: Vladimir Mashkov
Year of issue: 1997
The leader of our rating is a picture of the mid-nineties, Orphan of Kazan. The star cast immediately catches the eye: Valentin Gaft, Lev Durov, Oleg Tabakov, one of the few really worthy roles in his filmography is played by Nikolai Fomenko. Good jokes, high-quality lyrics and New Year’s mood are the distinguishing features of this tape..
Since Nastya has no relatives left at all, the girl decides to start looking for her father, whom she knows very little about. On New Year’s Eve, 3 contenders for the honorary title of pope are announced at once. Although the men are completely different in their character and worldview, they quickly become family to Nastya. Who will be the real father of the girl?
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