4 (Chetyre) (2006)

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The lies shared by three Russian strangers take on a life of their own in director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's dreamlike journey into the strange heart of modern-day Russia. After entering a local watering hole and relaying a series of elaborate but entirely fabricated tales, a prostitute posing as an advertising executive, a piano tuner claiming to be a genetic engineer, and a butcher posing as a Kremlin insider all go their separate ways. In the hours following their strange conversation, all three will experience a surreal and richly symbolic voyage into a land where the specter of even the most elaborate of lies can somehow fade into reality for one tantalizing instant. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Cast

Sergey Shnurov
as Volodya
Sergei Shnurov
as Volodya
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Critic Reviews for 4 (Chetyre)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13)

It's another blast of vibrant, vicious, gloomy electricity from the always-surprising Russian film scene, and the beginning of an important career.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Salon.com
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This 2004 debut feature by Russian director Ilya Khrzanovsky is puzzling, intriguing, and often compelling, apparently set in the present but magical and futuristic in tone.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Chicago Reader
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The sheer surfeit of ideas in 4's first half hour alone could fuel a dozen warped movies; presented in this kind of rush, they leave you agape.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Time Out
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Decidedly not for everyone, 4 is an incomparably unhinged act of disinterment, but it's also a fiercely willed feat of rebirth, raw and bloody and screamingly alive.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
Time Out
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If your art film tastes lean toward orderliness and tidy metaphors, you could spend the two hours of Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky's fearless and mesmerizing debut feature.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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The result is a teasing, if trying, exercise.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for 4 (Chetyre)

One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Ending is terrible and trying to GET to that ending is torturous.

Kale Brown
Kale Brown
½

All in all this was a fascinating movie, and I enjoyed the characters. I think each of the stories could've been expanded like Mariana's character. I thought it was going to be a little more nightmarish or frightening, but the old ladies were disturbing enough.

Kyle Corcoran
Kyle Corcoran

Three Moscow strangers meet at a bar, then we follow what happens to each of them after they leave (in theory, as the story of the prostitute returning to her drunken country village for a funeral takes up far more time than the others). Well shot, well acted, excellent sound design, but this one really shows off the worst flaws of self-conscious art films: it's pretentious, frustratingly obscure, unfocused, and most of all, boring.

Greg S
Greg S

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