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Podkidysh (Подкидыш)

Podkidysh (Подкидыш)
Elya Bikovskaya (Эля Быковская)

Elya Bikovskaya (Эля Быковская)

Screen Time: 35%
Role: Nina
Age: 8 years old
Veronika Lebedeva (Вероника Лебедева)

Veronika Lebedeva (Вероника Лебедева)

Screen Time: 85%
Role: Natasha
Age: 4 years old

 

Podkidysh (Подкидыш)

1939
The Foundling (International: English title)
Rating: 8.3 (3 votes)
Directed: Tatyana Lukashevich
Country: Russia
Language: Russian
Genre: Comedy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0184823

Summary

A film comedy. Various funny, serious and dangerous things happen to a 5-year-old girl Natasha who alone takes a walk along Moscow streets. Many people happened to be compassionate towards her destiny. Also, a candid and historic document of the 1930s Moscow.

Movie Reviews

A little girl is lost in Moscow and hits the road making fun (not intentionally) of everybody she meets. She'll be back home soon but she will change the life of at least one man forever. The movie has good music and an unforgettable mixture of annoying (a busy-body), ridiculous (a desperate couple), and sad (a lonely man) characters.

This film is to be in top 250 because it is humane, moral, and simple while being witty, dramatic, and excitingly funny (a treat for children/adults and a lesson for the grown-ups/kids). What is more, it has an extremely high "re-watch" potential. Let me point out the following. This movie is crafted on the same level as "City Lights". Coolness of some movies that are rated extremely high on IMDb may fade away with years, but humanity of stuff like this will stay. If you have any doubts, learn the Russian language, find this movie, and watch it. Please do not think that the author of this review is an old bore adjusted only to this kind of cinema - for example, one of my favourites is "Batoru rowaiaru" ("Battle Royale") but that's another story...

For those who know the original language of the film, it is unquestionably 10 out of 10. Thanks for attention.  [review: Andrei Pavlov]