The Mermaid (Rusalka)


The Mermaid (Rusalka)

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From writer/director Anna Melikyan comes this whimsical drama about a green-haired girl whose family is forced to move from their rural home to Moscow. Once there, the quirky introverted girl comes of age while clashing with the trappings of the big city. Originally titled Rusalka, Mermaid screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


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Mariya Shalaeva as Alisa Titova is an example how good actress can do anything... easy! Mermaid is an extraordinary bizarre tale of a young girl called Alisa, who, as a little girl, lived by the beach and thought that she was a mermaid. Her grotesque mother and grandmother raised her, and later on in her life she is forced to confront reality when she moves to Moscow with her family. There as a teenager she discovers all the wonders of the world, including love, jobs and friendship, all seen through an impossibly optimistic and offbeat sensibility. Mermaid is somehow a Russian version of Amelie, and everything in this story is utterly charming and fantastically upbeat! Music combined with the dreamy cinematography tinged with realism, the quirky screenplay spiced by the awesome central performances from the two girls playing Alisa, who will make you fall in love. Alisa is endearingly odd character, so charmingly offbeat and naive, while remaining startlingly independent and fierce. Film which was an official nominee for the Oscar for Best Foreign Movie in 2009... Wonderful work!

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Called the Russian Amelie, this had a bit of the magic of the French film and had a young, idealistic woman as its central character, but lacked the charm and the playfulness of that other work. Alice (Mariya Shalaeva), as translated in the subtitles, is the young woman who views life through a prism of optimism that seems out of place in such a bleak existence. Her mother seemed only to care about her own pleasure. Her grandmother was an eternal sad sack. And her choice in men proved based more on pity than on attractiveness. She often retreated into a fantasy/dream world that helped to inform her choices. The darkness about the edges of this seemingly idyllic film eventually close in and obliterate the feeling that everything would turn out alright. The ending seemed almost shockingly unnecessary and almost ruined the experience for this viewer. Interesting, but not one I would care to sit through again.

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