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Graveyard Shift

A hapless young cashier in Moscow endures an eventful night on the job in amusing if flyweight black comedy "Graveyard Shift." Eye-catching cast, most of them best known for more serious work, show off a lighter side seemingly under orders to ham it up royally from debutant helmer Valery Rozhnov.

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With: Pavel Barshak, Victor Sukhorukov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Andrei Krasko, Vyacheslav Razbegayev.

A hapless young cashier in Moscow endures an eventful night on the job in amusing if flyweight black comedy “Graveyard Shift.” Eye-catching cast, most of them best known for more serious work, show off a lighter side seemingly under orders to ham it up royally from debutant helmer Valery Rozhnov. “Graveyard” is already dead and buried after weak domestic release in January 2005, and looks unlikely to get resuscitated in other markets.

An unnamed university student (Ashton Kutcher-lookalike Pavel Barshak, from “The Stroll”) likes working the night shift at a 24-hour convenience store so he can study. But one night, his boss’ sexy wife (Ingeborga Dapkunaite, “Kiss of Life”) seduces him, an intense cop (Andrei Krasko) hunting a serial killer drops by continually, and the store’s creepy day-shift guy (Alexei Balabanov-regular Victor Sukhorukov) — who seems to be that serial killer — drops by and ends up dead while handcuffed to the boss’ wife. Middling mirth ensues as the cashier struggles to deal with corpse, cop and cutie … and still serve customers. Fantasy sequences, quick editing and grinding blues music on the soundtrack work overtime to inject humor.

Graveyard Shift

Russia

Production: A Nashe Kino presentation of a STV production. (International sales: Intercinema, Moscow.) Produced by Sergei Selyanov. Directed, written by Valery Rozhnov.

Crew: Camera (color), Roman Vasyanov; editor, Alexander Chupakov; music, Billy's Band; production designer, Alexei Shnyrov; costumes, Marta Seer. Reviewed at Sochi Open Russian Film Festival (competing), June 8, 2005. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Pavel Barshak, Victor Sukhorukov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Andrei Krasko, Vyacheslav Razbegayev.

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