Poor Relatives

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Poor Relatives
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DVD cover with Russian title: Бедные родственники
Bednye Rodstvenniki
Directed by Pavel Lungin
Produced by Catherine Dussart
Pavel Lungin
Olga Vasilyeva
Written by Gennady Ostrovsky
Starring Konstantin Khabensky
Sergei Garmash[1]
Marina Golub
Daniil Spivakovsky
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Leonid Kanevsky
Music by Michelle Arbatts
Roche Ave
Yuval Misenmasher
Cinematography Mikhail Krichman
Edited by Sophie Brunet
Distributed by Catherine Dussart Productions (CDP)
Arte France Cinema
Release date
  • 2005 (2005)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Russia
Language Russian

Bednye Rodstvenniki (Russian: Бедные родственники, Roots or Poor Relatives) is a 2005 comedy film, close in style to "The 12 chairs" and "The Small Golden Calf"; based on the novels by Ilya Ilf and Evgeniy Petrov.

The film won the Main Prize, Best Male Actor (Khabensky), Best Script (Ostrovsky) and the Prize of the Governor of Kuban at the Open Russian Film Festival "Kinotavr", 2005.[2]

The stars of the film include Russian actors Konstantin Khabensky and Sergei Garmash. Directed by Pavel Lungin.[2]


Young con artist with a rather nice personality, Edik (Konstantin Khabensky) gets in trouble gathering long lost foreign relatives together. Wealthy and middle-class émigrés who have made it in the new lands (the Americas, Israel) return to the homeland, to the roots from which they were severed. The implicit motivation for their return is the search for spiritual nourishment, and so the émigrés sacrifice the material comforts of their villas and Western civilization to journey to their ancestral past, the timeless village of Golotvin. They believe that here they will be able to complete themselves by reconnecting with their heritage. All for the nominal fee of Edik, a free agent and a small-time crook who orchestrates an elaborate crime with the intention of earning a pile of money by tricking a group of pilgrims into thinking that a small village is their homeland and its inhabitants are their long lost relatives. The levels of deception multiply quickly...



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