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Plot: Biopic of Russian ice hockey legend Valeri Kharlamov from early childhood, rising to the pinnacle of the sport and his untimely death
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propaganda / political allegory
While this is a biographical sports film, I cannot help but interpret its messages in the broader historical and political context of Russia. Some of the plots and cinematography are a little bit cliché, but the film remains charismatic for introducing audiences domestic and abroad to an exciting sport. Still, my greatest joy watching it derives from treating the film as either an explicit propaganda or an implicit political allegory. On the surface, the film accuses perpetrating bureaucracy under Brezhnev’s reign. The film is at least partially honest in revealing the complexity of politics of the ice hockey leagues in the Soviet Union. That said, more merits of the film lie in its depiction of Tarasov, the ice hockey coach. The parallel between Tarasov and Stalin is clear even before a character in this film calls the behaviors of Tarasov “Stalinist.” It immediately becomes evident that Tarasov is the true protagonist of the film, while the ice hockey league, subjected to Tarasov, embodies the Soviet Union under the leadership of Stalin. In this film, Tarasov is both respected and feared, but no one dares to overthrow him; instead, the ice hockey league eventually treats Tarasov as a fatherly figure, to whom they attribute their victory. This film also tells a lot about the foreign policy and mentality of Soviet Union. Team Canada seems invincible but is later made known as “not different than others.” The childhood bullfight scene, seemingly disconnected and redundant at first, is recycled later to reflect the classic Soviet mind, that Russia was once weak but had huge potential, and that it had to find its own way to navigate through the persecution of hegemonic western countries.
Great movie. Even if you are not into hockey or not great fun of Russians, the film shows a story about one man who followed his dream, worked hard and won. The man was known as the best player of his time. It also shows the trainer who brought the natural talent to the professional level, the greatest level. Intrigues in soviet sport are true story and that’s unbelievable how a man can fight against the system. Brilliant play of actors. Based on true story the only fake is chronology of scenes. I hope that in other languages film doesn’t loose on quality. The original was great. I had to wipe tears few times (I’m very emotional))) and even my hubby was touched (that doesn’t happen often ))) Emotional, inspirational and sincere!
Original Language ru
Runtime 2 hr 14 min (134 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Sport
Director Nikolay Lebedev
Writer Nikolay Kulikov, Nikolay Lebedev, Mikhail Mestetskiy
Actors Danila Kozlovskiy, Oleg Menshikov, Svetlana Ivanova
Awards 14 wins & 10 nominations
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