Love and Pigeons
|Love and Pigeons|
|Directed by||Vladimir Menshov|
|Written by||Vladimir Gurkin|
|Music by||Valentin Levashov|
|Edited by||R. Pesetskaya|
Love and Pigeons (Russian: Любовь и голуби, translit. Lyubov i golubi) is a 1984 Soviet romantic comedy film by Vladimir Menshov whose previous film Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is based on scriptwriter Vladimir Gurkin's play of the same name.
Vasily Kuzyakin (Alexander Mikhailov), an employee of the forestry enterprise, who is fond of breeding pigeons, lives with his wife Nadezhda and three children: Lyuda, who returned from the city after parting with her husband, a cheerful fellow Lyonka and Olya, father's favorite. Once Vasily was injured during work, and then, in compensation for the damage caused to him, he was given a ticket to the resort. While staying at the sea resort, Vasily, a simple man from country-side, meets a corrupted city woman (Lyudmila Gurchenko), who lures away a man of the country (Alexander Mikhailov), indulging him in fantasies of urban comfort. While living at her city apartment, the man starts missing his family and eventually decides to return to his native village, where his wife and children miss him too.
Vladimir Gurkin did not made up this story: it actually happened to his acquaintances who had the same surname as in film itself. The prototypes of Mitya and Shura were Gurkin’s grandparents.
Shura – Natalya Tenyakova and Mitya - Sergei Yursky are husband and wife in real life.
In the script Nadya is a middle-aged woman and Shura is an old retired woman, whereas in real life Nina Doroshina who played Nadya is 10 years older than Natalya Tenyakova who played Shura in the film. At the time of filming Nina Doroshina was 50 years old and Natalya Tenyakova was 40.
- Alexander Mikhailov as Vasily Kuzyakin
- Nina Doroshina as Nadya, Vasily's wife
- Lyudmila Gurchenko as Raisa Zakharovna
- Yana Lisovskaya as Luda, Vasily's eldest daughter
- Lada Sizonenko as Olya, Vasily's youngest daughter
- Igor Lyakh as Leonid, Vasily's son
- Sergei Yursky as uncle Mitya
- Natalya Tenyakova as old woman Shura, uncle Mitya's wife
- Vladimir Menshov as leading cadres