The Nankin Landscape

A blonde hairdresser in 1930s Russia becomes an obscure object of desire for an art collector when she reminds him of a lost Chinese love from years before in "The Nankin Landscape." Pic will form a fast-fading mirage on the Russian B.O. landscape.

With:
With: Darya Moroz, Konstantin Lavronenko, Egor Barinov.

A blonde hairdresser in 1930s Russia becomes an obscure object of desire for an art collector (Konstantin Lavronenko from “The Return”) when she reminds him of a lost Chinese love from years before in “The Nankin Landscape.” Muddled meller, helmed by Valery Rubinchik (“Landscape With Three Bathers”), tries to get all metaphysical by casting Darya Moroz (“The Spot”) as both the hairdresser and the Chinese girl, and filming shots through lots of gauzy fabrics, but ends up just seeming silly and pretentious. Pic will form a fast-fading mirage on the Russian B.O. landscape.

David (Lavronenko) meets Nadia (Moroz) in Western Russia via introduction by a bald thug (Egor Barinov) who may or may not be a KGB agent stalking David. Latter is haunted by flashbacks to his days in China when he fell in love with Zhen-zi (also Moroz, in unconvincing make-up) and tried to runaway with her only for the escape to end in tragedy. Nadia beds both David and the thug, and the script keeps aud guessing whether she’s a traitor or just a feckless good-time girl. Period trappings look good, but otherwise tech credits are mediocre.

The Nankin Landscape

Russia

Production: An ARK Film production, with the participation of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography. (International sales: ARK Film, Moscow.) Produced by Alexander Potyomkin. Directed by Valery Rubinchik. Screenplay, Andrey Bychkov.

Crew: Camera (color), Victor Shestopiorov; editor, Irina Kozhemyakina; music, Benjamin Barshai; art director, Irina Alexeeva; costume designer, Dmitry Andreev. Reviewed at Open Russian Film Festival, (competing), Sochi, June 8, 2006. Nankinski Peyzazh. Russian, English dialogue. Running time: 107 MIN.

With: With: Darya Moroz, Konstantin Lavronenko, Egor Barinov.

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