Sunday, July 10, 2011

Waiting for the Sun


I watched part of Dom Solntsa the other night on Russian TV 1000.  The theme and production values are very similar to Valeri Todorovski's Stilyagi, but the time frame is the 1970s and the rise of the Soviet hippie culture.  The director, Garik Sukachev, is steeped in this era.  He published a book in 2007, which served as the script for the movie.   He pays tribute to pioneer rock band, Mashina Vremeni, in a very amusing scene where the band takes over a Soviet concert with a stature of Lenin behind them.

As in Hipsters, we see a young person turn her back on the party line and join a counter culture group.  In this case, Sasha chooses to turn her back on her parents and join this band of misfits, led by Solntsa, a golden haired version of Jim Morrison. They flee the confines of Moscow for the coastline of Crimea.  This seaside resort area has been featured in a number of Russian movies as of late.  Unfortunately, it is hard to track down a copy of The House of Sun (2010), so I hope to catch it next time around on TV1000.

Here is a film clip.

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