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    Zoology

    Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky
    Russia/France/Germany | 87 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

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    Zoology

    Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky
    Russia/France/Germany | 87 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

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    Zoology

    Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky
    Russia/France/Germany | 87 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

Resigned to a life of loneliness and disappointment, a middle-aged spinster is reawakened to opportunity and love when she grows a tail. Part satire on Russian social mores and allegory on intolerance, this peculiar comedy is also an effective love story centered on Pavlenkova’s wonderful performance. Winner: Special Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary.

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film synopsis

Natasha doesn't have joy in her life. There is nothing at all remarkable about her. In her 50s and feeling older, she works as a clerk at a provincial zoo in a small, dismal town. Her colleagues treat her like dirt. Men don't give her a second glance. Except for her conservative, religious mother, she is alone. And then something changes: she grows a tail. 

It's quite long, though not too long to hide away beneath her clothes. Still, she really can't ignore it. She goes to the hospital. Her radiologist is an attractive young man and-wonder of wonders!-her tail tickles his fancy.

Played straight (as straight as possible in the circumstances), Ivan Tverdovsky's bold second feature is a surreal comedy, a fetishistic love story, and, one assumes, an allegory for the repression of LGBT rights in Putin's Russia. Certainly the Orthodox Church bears the brunt of Tverdovsky's satire. But it's Natalia Pavlenkova's wonderful, multilayered performance as Natasha that carries the movie's emotional line and ensures this tail doesn't wag the dog.

Winner: Special Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary; Best Actress, Sochi

film details

Country: Russia/France/Germany
Year: 2016
Running Time: 87 minutes
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Special Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary; Best Actress, Sochi
Director: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Producers: Natalia Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova, Uliana Savelieva
Screenplay: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Principal Cast: Natalia Pavlenkova, Dmitry Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko, Maria Tokareva
Cinematographers: Aleksandr Mikeladze
Editor: Ivan I. Tverdovsky, Vincent Assman
US Distributor: Arrow Films
International Sales Company: New Europe Film Sales

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