You will be redirected back to your article in seconds


Fraternal love is put to the test in this mediocre sports drama.

With: Sergei Gorobchenko, Anton Pampushny, Vitali Khaev, Anna Ukolova, Alexei Shevchenkov, Lydia Matsova.

Fraternal love is put to the test in the mediocre sports drama “Minnesota,” which centers around two hockey-playing brothers living in the stix. Pic skates thinly over themes of ambition, sibling competitiveness and Russia’s love-hate relationship with the West, but has nothing especially profound to say about any of them. Presence of TV star Sergei Gorobchenko may help score receipts domestically, but offshore, pic will hit the wall.

A scout (Vitaly Khaev) offers Igor (Anton Pampushny), a promising hockey player for a provincial Russian team, the chance to play in the American league. But Igor doesn’t want to go to America without his elder brother, Mikhail (Gorobchenko), who’s all the family Igor has. Unfortunately, hothead Mikhail’s no great shakes on the ice, has a serious drinking problem and screws up every chance he gets. Screenplay by Alexander Mindadze (who explored theme of potential exile better in “Dreaming of Space”) keeps going in circles as the brothers argue, then bear-hug, then argue again for an interminable 98 minutes. Helming by Andrei Proshkin (“Soldier’s Decameron”) remains uninspired; tech credits have a made-for-TV glossiness.



Production: A Central Partnership Classic release of a Tan Film production in association with Central Partnership. (International sales: Central Partnership, Moscow.) Produced by Ruben Dishdishian, Aram Movsesian, Sergei Danielian. Executive producer, Dmitri Efremor. Directed by Andrei Proshkin. Screenplay, Alexander Mindadze.

Crew: Camera (color), Yuri Raysky; editor, Natalia Kucherenko; music, Mark Erman; production designer, Yuri Karasik; costume designer, Vladimir Nikiforov, Dmitri Andreev. Reviewed at Sochi Open Russian Film Festival (competing), June 11, 2009. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Sergei Gorobchenko, Anton Pampushny, Vitali Khaev, Anna Ukolova, Alexei Shevchenkov, Lydia Matsova.

More Film

  • shanghai skyline China Placeholder

    Shanghai: Tencent, Phoenix Win Rights to Taiwan Documentary 'Love Talk' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Tencent has acquired the online video streaming rights and Phoenix Hong Kong the TV rights to Taiwanese documentary “Love Talk,” which takes a deep dive into the topic of marriage. The film is currently working towards a mainland theatrical release. Directed by Shen Ko-Shang (“A Rolling Stone”), it is produced by CNEX Studio and 7th [...]

  • Yao Chen

    Xiamen Woos Film Industry, Becomes New Home of Golden Rooster Festival

    China’s government-led Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival has found a permanent home in Fujian province’s coastal city of Xiamen, starting from this year, municipal representatives said Monday at a Shanghai Intl. Film Festival press conference. “Xiamen has the confidence and the perseverance to be up to the task,” said Dai Zhiwang, the assistant [...]

  • TheReturn press launch at Shanghai Film

    Qin Hailu's 'The Return' Makes Emotional Debut at Shanghai Festival

    “This is the final film that seals my acting career,” said 95-year-old Chinese actor Chang Feng, of “The Return,” which plays this week in competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival. “The director, the screenwriter, and the entire crew have put so much heart into this film, I hope it wins the award.” The film [...]

  • Dami Im and Bong Joon-Ho'Parasite' premiere,

    ‘Parasite’ Wins Sydney Film Festival

    “Parasite,” the South Korean black drama that previously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, was Sunday named as the winner of the Sydney Film Festival. After collecting a cash prize of A$60,000 ($41,200), at Sydney’s State Theatre, “Parasite” director said: “This Festival is really amazing, especially the audience…really special and extraordinary. This is the most [...]

  • China Film Group's Jiang Ping

    Shanghai: China Studio Chiefs Debate Winter Chills and U.S. Rivalry

    The Shanghai International Film Festival pulled off the impressive feat of assembling leading executives from seven of China’s top film studios. Their discussion focused on the problems that have recently beset the production sector and the industry’s relationship with Hollywood. “The film industry achieved great things in 2018, but it was also the year that [...]

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping claps while

    Propaganda Films to Dominate Chinese Theaters in Anniversary Year

    A presentation at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday shed light on the welter of propaganda films that will compete with Hollywood blockbusters for the attention of Chinese cinema goers in the second half of this year. This year is laden with political significance for China’s ruling Communist Party. It is 100 years since [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content