The Actress / Artistka / Артистка (2007) DVD9
With her career and lovelife in limbo, Anna Pavlova is given to moments of pensive wistfulness. Despite the respect displayed by her fellow thesps in lively backstage banter, her bit part allows little room for her obvious talent. Her sole behind-the-scenes swain is the troupe's officious, gray-haired electrician, who conveniently has an apartment in the same building.
But, once ensconced next door with her flamboyant best friend Musya, having her future read in the cards or just shooting the breeze, Anna is free to kick back and indulge in the kind of ironic repartee that otherwise went out with Eve Arden and Joan Blondell.
Thus, when Musya invites her husband's old school chum Vikentiy to a match-making dinner, the shy parasitologist ("how romantic," Anna sighs mischievously) finds himself immensely entertained throughout the evening, drawn out of his intellectual shell by copious rounds of vodka and conversation. By the time Vikentiy putters off, he is already half in love with the luminous Anna.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:36:10 | 7.94 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian (6 ch), Russian (2 ch), Russian (DTS, 6 ch)
Subtitles: Russian
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Director: Stanislav Govorukhin
Actors: Evgeniya Dobrovolskaya, Mariya Aronova, Yuri Stepanov, Dmitriy Pevtsov, Aleksandr Abdulov, Mikhail Efremov

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