Sibiriada (Siberiade)

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Sibiriada was controversial in the Soviet Union, but it received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, the second most prestigious prize after the Palme d'Or. After making this film, director Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky moved to the West. In the story, the lives of two Siberian families lives are chronicled through three generations, beginning with the period just after the turn of the century, and carrying on through the '60s. Before the revolution, a poor boy is the same age as a girl from a rich family, who uses her family position to torment him. Meanwhile, his father has been building a "corduroy" wooden road into the forest. However, as the boy and girl grow up, they fall in love. Their union is forbidden by her family, and he is beaten by their henchmen and cast adrift at sea. During the Revolution, the girl flees her family, thinking to join her true love. Many years later, he returns to his village with his teenaged son, and discovers that the former rich girl was killed long ago. The teenaged boy, in turn, become a geological engineer, and returns to his father's village to look for oil. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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"Siberiade" is an admirable celebration of a land and its people told in roughly ten year increments that each begin with a character arriving from the outside world and end with a character departing from parts unknown from an isolated village. As the village stays pretty much the same over the decades, as symbolized by the Eternal Old Man, the outside world is constantly changing. The story begins with a bang in the 1960's before flashing back to the 1910's as Anafasy is futilely trying to build a road to nowhere that occasionally interferes with his drinking. That leaves his son Kolya alone with an escaped revolutionary, Rodin, who is eventually recaptured by soldiers but not before he helps the boy build an ice boat and inspires his politically. Ten years later, Kolya has grown into a young man, helping his father and learns that the Czar has been forced out. This is not really big news since the new boss is the same as the old boss.

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