Of Freaks and Men 1988
Pro urodov i lyudey (original title)
1h 33min | Comedy, Drama, History | 1998 (Russia)
Dariya the maid getting a boy to touch her large breast is just one incident that occurs when Yohan and Victor infiltrate two families, forcing young Liza and blind Ekaterina to appear in porn, but they are not so innocent themselves.
Very odd Russian film, with a modern, almost postmodern theme (concerning Siamese twins and pornography), but set in the early years of the twentieth century and shot in a faux-naive style that one might almost believe was that of films from this period, if one was not aware of what they were really like. There’s much to enjoy: the beautiful sepia photography (of the Russian winter, and of eyeballs); great facial acting; the downright oddness of plot, scene composition characterization and movement; the sudden discontinuities, and the semi-random, peculiarly worded captions. Hardly a movie in the traditional sense, but still a work of art.
Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Writer: Aleksey Balabanov
Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Dinara Drukarova, Anzhelika Nevolina
Release Date: 1998 (Russia)
Filming Locations: St. Petersburg, Russia