Playing the Victim

2006

Playing the Victim

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A college student who earns his living by portraying the victims in police crime-scene reenactments discovers that something is rotten in Russia when his deceased father appears before him claiming that he was killed by his still-living wife, who is having an affair with her detestable brother-in-law, in director Kirill Serebrennikov's adaptation of a darkly comic play by the Brothers Presnyakov -- which was in turn loosely based on William Shakespeare's +Hamlet. Valya (Yuri Chursin) travels to crime scenes with the ill-tempered chief detective (Vitaly Khaev) and incompetent camerawoman Lyuda (Anna Mikhalkova) in order to re-create the infractions as described by the perpetrators and eyewitness accounts. When the vengeful specter of Valya's late father appears before the aimless boy claiming that his death wasn't quite the accident that it appeared to be, the stage is soon set for the most realistic crime scene that Valya has participated in to date.

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