Live to Remember

Determinedly old-fashioned if watchable, Russian WWII-set drama "Live to Remember" unspools the tale of a wife trying to help her husband hide out near their village after he's gone AWOL from the front. Veteran helmer and co-writer Alexander Proshkin, whose work is known better locally than offshore, elicts sturdy perfs from a cast of name (at least in Russia) thesps, but pic still plays like upmarket made-for drama. "Live" is likely to be enjoyed but not remembered with any great passion at home.

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With: Daria Moroz, Mikhail Evlanov, Sergei Makovetsky, Anna Mikhalkova, Evgenia Glushenko, Sergei Bekhterev.

Determinedly old-fashioned if watchable, Russian WWII-set drama “Live to Remember” unspools the tale of a wife trying to help her husband hide out near their village after he’s gone AWOL from the front. Veteran helmer and co-writer Alexander Proshkin, whose work is known better locally than offshore, elicts sturdy perfs from a cast of name (at least in Russia) thesps, but pic still plays like upmarket made-for drama. “Live” is likely to be enjoyed but not remembered with any great passion at home.

In a rural village, childless wife Nastya (Daria Moroz) is staying with her in-laws (Sergei Makovetsky from “Of Freaks and Men,” and Evgenia Glushenko) while her husband Andrei (Mikhail Evlanov) is away fighting for his country. Imagine her surprise when he pops up one day and tells her to bring him food at a remote hunter’s cabin deep in the local woods. Nastya duly complies, and the two rekindle their love, resulting in an unexpected pregnancy that she’s going to have real trouble explaining. Her friend Livka (Anna Mikhalkova) is supportive, but hardship or even tragedy looks inevitable. Tech credits are fine, if unremarkable.

Live to Remember

Russia

Production: A Courier production, in association with Central Partnership. (International sales: Central Partnership, Moscow.) Produced by Ruben Dishdishian, Sergei Danielian, Aram Movsesian, Yuri Moroz. Directed by Alexander Proshkin. Screenplay, Alexander Rodionov, Proshkin.

Crew: Camera (color), Gennadi Kariuk, Alexander Kariuk; editor, Gennadi Panin; music, Roman Dormisdoshin; production designer, Alexander Tolkachev; costume designer, Svetlana Medovaia. Reviewed at Sochi Film Festival (competing), June 11, 2008. Original title: Zhivi i Pomni. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: With: Daria Moroz, Mikhail Evlanov, Sergei Makovetsky, Anna Mikhalkova, Evgenia Glushenko, Sergei Bekhterev.

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