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In this extraordinary epic, a political thriller in the tradition of Z and Weekend, mixed with acid-sharp humor, Peter Lutsik creates an astounding chronicle of a country in violent transformation. A group of men fight injustice as they try to discover who stole their land. Their hunt for the offenders takes them from the gentle countryside to the halls of power. Hailed at film festivals worldwide as a modern classic, The Outskirts vividly reveals Russia as alternately corrupt, melancholy, dogmatic, romantic, and spiritual. Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the Chicago International Film Festival.

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  • Actors: Yuri Dubrovin, Nikolay Olyalin, Aleksei Pushkin, Aleksei Vanin, Rimma Markova
  • Directors: Pyotr Lutsik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000244GX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Outskirts" on IMDb

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Some people claim that if you are not Russian then this movie is hard to understand, I couldn't disagree more. This movie gets straight to the point, then strangles that point in a macabre display of virtuosity. Director Lutsik manages to create an environment that looks like it could have been a dissident film in the 30s, but somehow manages to capture the attention of a modern audience. There is nothing wrong with this movie. It is sublime: subtle, yet as loud and audibly conspicuos as a sledgehammer, uprorious, yet at times somber and solemn.

The movie is about a group of Russian farmers living in the Ural mountains who find out that some know-it-all sold all of their land to the oil companies. The men gather their guns and their comrades to teach those punks a lesson. They take it all the way to the Soviet oil Ministry, and once there it is dubious that they will stop.

The movie changes pace constantly. It goes from being an action film, to surrealism, to mildly droll drama. Lutsik directs each different mode of this film with equal skill, while at the same time maintains consistency, never letting the actors be someone who they are not, or letting the story slip far from his fingers. The comedy is performed perfectly, often in a slapstick fashion. Yet even in the comedic scenes, the movie retains its seriousness, actually showing how much the characters bond with each other.

There is nothing wrong with this movie. It is perfectly paced, perfectly directed, and acted just as it should be. I found this movie completely by accident and what a fortunate accident that was. Watch this movie, love this movie. To be watched with: vodka and potatoes.
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Shot in the style of a Stalin-era Soviet film, the film conveys the anger, frustration, uncertainty, and confusion that so pervaded the lives of ordinary people (particularly in the rural areas) in the 1990s. A group of muzhiki try to figure out who got the title to their kolkhoz, and how...and to punish the guilty. Vinovye budut nakazany...at least in the fictional world.
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