Russian psychological dramas - 16 of the most memorable

The Russian people have their own ideas about love, pain, faith, resentment, betrayal and understanding. That is why the melodramas of domestic directors, like no others, can affect the strings of the soul of the audience of our country. We have compiled a list of the best films in the Russian psychological drama genre. These films are unable to leave indifferent, they make you experience with the main characters all the sorrows and joys that happen in their lives.

Yes and Yes (2014)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 4.9, IMDb - 5.1

The low rating of the picture can be explained simply - this movie is not for everyone, like almost all the films of the infamous Valeria Gai Germanika. Nevertheless, it was thanks to this film that she received the prestigious award - Silver "St. George".

This is the story of a promising contemporary artist and his girlfriend, a novice school teacher. Their randomly erupted love lasted for an insane short moment. They were destined to be separated due to an ugly accident, as often happens in life. But how can a heroine get rid of the phantom artistic vision presented to her beloved and return to her former world if she never becomes the same? How to return to reality and erase the memory of love that has remained in the past?

The very fool! (2016)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.6

This is the case when all the most important, heavy and deep can fit in a short meter. Can this be explained by the skill of the director Anna Zaitseva, or the strength of the script written by her together with Alexander Kholmogorov? Be that as it may, in 22 minutes the viewer makes a complete immersion in the story of a terrible rally.

Teenagers, as you know, are always cruel, and often do not know what they are doing. Christina's goal is revenge on her blind sister, who dreams of winning a musical fashion show. Christine comes up with a very evil joke - together with her friends she will stage the filming process, allegedly on television. Her blind sister believes in what is happening, and what was conceived as a prank becomes an ordinary mockery of a person.

Spinning Top (2009)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.0, IMDb - 7.1

The drama of Vasily Sigarev, according to the audience, is capable of cutting the soul, like a scalpel. She is about childhood loneliness, about broken hopes, about pain. About everything, but not about happiness. The plot is based on the story of a six-year-old girl who has never seen her mother. She appears in her life only once, gives a spinning top and disappears. The girl herself is very much like this ridiculous toy.

She would have grown into a real wolf if she hadn’t loved so faithfully and deeply this woman who calls her “mother”. But the mother again and again runs away from her daughter - it is more important for her to find herself, love, to engage in the device of her personal life. Its shoots, consisting of constantly repeating errors, are so similar to a spinning top presented to the closest person. But any spinning top should stop one day ...

Cargo 200 (2007)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.5, IMDb - 7.1

If you are looking for an interesting Russian film so that you don’t have to tear it off, “Cargo 200” is the most suitable option. The main roles were supposed to be performed by Alexei Balabanov Yevgeny Mironov and Sergei Makovetsky, but both of them did not like the script, and they refused to participate in the project.

The events of the film take place in the mid-80s in the Soviet Union. The USSR and the communist government are experiencing the end of their era. Disco in one of the cities ends with the disappearance of the daughter of the local secretary of the party district committee. There is no witness. Guilty not to be found. Police captain Zhurov must investigate the case, and at the same time investigate the brutal murder that occurred on that ill-fated evening.

Italian (2005)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.7, IMDb - 7.6

The drama of Andrei Kravchuk received a number of prestigious world awards, and was also nominated for an Oscar.

Six-year-old Vanya is an orphanage. He had a rare chance to be adopted by an Italian family and leave not only the official walls, but also the country. Those who envy who is white, and who is not very envious, the pupils of the orphanage called him "Italian." But the boy does not pursue a cloudless life somewhere on the Italian coast, it is much more important for him to try to find his mother ...

Test (2014)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.7, IMDb - 7.2

This is a deep psychological author’s movie from Alexander Kott, who shot The Brest Fortress, The Other Side of the Moon, and The Hero of Our Time.

Somewhere in the steppe forgotten by God expanses lives a father with his daughter. Their whole life is predetermined, and no anxieties will disturb their eternal order. Every morning comes a new day. Dad leaves for work, daughter stays at home and waits for his return. Two people love her. And she loves both of them. But love is not something that can simply be divided into parts. One day, from where the sun rises, a decision comes ...

Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2008)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.1, IMDb - 7.0

The plot was based on the self-titled autobiographical book written by Pavel Sanaev in 1994. The film was shot in St. Petersburg in one of the settled communal apartments on Vasilievsky Island.

Once upon a time there was Sasha Savelyev, and he was eight years old. The boy lived with his grandmother because she did not trust Sasha’s mother with a child. Grandmother considered her mother dissolute, and her new husband simply did not want to see. This is the story of a boy who is torn to pieces by his own mother and authoritarian grandmother, who believed that she was always and in everything right.

Everyone will die, but I will stay (2008)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 5.7, IMDb - 6.5

The filming process of the picture took place a little more than a month in several schools in Moscow. Actresses starring in the cast were six to seven years older than their characters.

Life is not an easy thing, especially at the age of fourteen. Teenagers who are overcome by internal feelings and complexes are forced to fight also with the external environment. Sometimes the reality surrounding them is too cruel, and their actions - too crowded youthful maximalism. This is the story of three nine-graders - Katie, Vicki and Jeanne - the most ordinary girls living in a residential area of ​​the capital. They learn that at the weekend they will have their first disco in the new school year and, of course, look forward to this event and get ready. But one of the friends was naughty to the teacher, and the event can be canceled ...

Anna War (2018)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.1, IMDb - 7.1

In this deep and psychologically difficult film you can hear Ukrainian, Hungarian, German, Russian, French speech, and also in it you can hear the horror of time and events that occurred during the war.

Events take place in November 1941. All that was in the past is no longer there, and in the present there is so much death that it seems implausible. In the fireplace, located in the old school of her village, Anna found refuge. Now her house is here. The German commandant’s office is headquartered in the school building, and now the girl is surrounded by enemy soldiers and their dangerous huge dogs. Behind the wall of her shelter is death, and inside her there is only thirst and hunger. "Anna's War" is a story about the survival and struggle of a little man in an adult war.

Yield (2019)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.8, IMDb - 7.3

It’s not without reason that the film “Dylda” was included in the list of the best Russian psychological dramas - you can envy the details of some front-line moments in the film. So, for example, to recreate the episodes associated with the New Year's Eve, archives were raised to find out how everything really happened. The picture also used real wagons of wartime and recreated medical home-made simulators with which the wounded developed limbs in hospitals.

War crippled many lives. Two women who have passed the front are waiting for a return to Leningrad. They are trying to collect their broken fortunes from the fragments. But how to do this, if in all these post-war everyday life both inside and outside ruins reign.

Dialogs (2013)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.6, IMDb - 6.3

"Dialogues" became the debut directorial work of Ira Volkova. She also appeared in the film as a screenwriter and editor.

How sometimes it’s hard to say the most important thing. How scary to be misunderstood and unheard. Five attempts to express. Five attempts to find yourself. Five attempts to continue the journey and overcome the void. Five attempts to find love. Five different dialogs.

Nirvana (2008)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.7, IMDb - 6.1

According to critics, the film cannot but cause emotions - a large number of positive and negative reviews were left on the picture after its release, which means that it does not leave anyone indifferent.

The main character comes to St. Petersburg. She shares the apartment with the girl Val and her boyfriend Valera Dead. Alice’s new neighbor is a bartender in one of the local nightclubs, she has not trusted anyone for a long time and counts only on herself. Only Valera keeps her in this harsh world, for the sake of which she abandoned the closest and dearest in her life. But once she remains alone, and now Alice remains the only close person for her.

Mermaid (2007)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.1, IMDb - 7.3

The psychological drama of Anna Melikyan received the prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

There are people who are called chronic losers, and Alice is one of them. She was lucky only in one thing - she can conduct conversations with the sea and influence events taking place in the world. After she turns 18, she, like many of her peers, decides to move to the capital. Moscow meets her with a series of troubles and her first love. Feelings, unfortunately, turn out to be unrequited. Thanks to her magical abilities, she wants to achieve reciprocity, and, unexpectedly for herself, wishes her beloved death. The girl suddenly realizes that her wish, made in a haste, will come true. The only thing she now wants is for him to live, and for this she is ready to sacrifice even her life.

Star (2014)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.2, IMDb - 7.0

Pavel Tabakov, the son of Oleg Tabakov and Marina Zudina, made his film debut in this film.

The film tells the audience the story of a young actress charming, awkward and direct. By all means, she dreams of becoming a movie star. It would seem, where does the socialite, drowning in luxury, who are in mortal danger and her adopted teenage son, who is tired of falsehood and money? But everything is interconnected, and the fates of completely different people are intertwined in one lump.

Lover (2002)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.6, IMDb - 7.3

The painting by Valery Todorovsky tells a very simple and therefore very complicated story about love, loss and death.

Classic love triangle - two men and one woman. One of the men is a linguistic professor, and the other is a retired military man. They are completely different, but only one thing unites them - the love of a woman that they will never see again. What would become of them without her?

Daughter (2012)

Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.6, IMDb - 7.3

The film concludes our list of the best Russian psychological dramas, starring Maria Smolnikova and Oleg Tkachev.

The small provincial town is a quiet and comfortable home for high school student Inna, her little brother and their father. Once in a heroine’s class, a new girl appears, a girl named Masha, who recently moved to the city. Inna and Masha become friends, and at this time in a quiet province begins to wield a maniac who hunts schoolgirls.

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