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STROLL, THE

Russia, 2004 (MIFF 2004, FedEx International Panorama)

Director: Alexey Uchitel

The Stroll (Progulka) Russia

Overflowing with bountiful energy and plenty of charm, The Stroll is a cinematic adrenaline rush that follows three energetic, youthful Russians on a real-time romantic journey through the bustling streets of St. Petersburg.

The curvaceous blonde Olya steps from a limousine to take a 'stroll'. She is soon chatted up by the gangling Aloysha, who professes love at first sight. With her bubbly personality, infectious laughter and million-dollar smile, Olya has the boy under her control, teasing him with her mercurial manner. When Aloysha buys tickets for an overnight ferry to Moscow, Olya strings him along on her decision: initially she says she'll go, then again, maybe not. All the while weaving through the busy city streets, matters take an interesting turn when Aloysha calls his best friend, the handsome and cynical Petya, to join them on their hectic adventure. The plan backfires for Aloysha, though, as Olya showers the newcomer with equally flirtatious attention. Soon, tensions mount as the men vie for Olya's affection. With Olya receiving frequent mysterious calls on her mobile phone, and the men bickering, mystery and tension build, leading to a surprising climax.

D/P Alexey Uchitel S Dunya Smirnova WS Roskinoprokat L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2003/89mins

Alexey Uchitel was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1951. Films include: Giselle's Mania (1995), His Wife's Diary (2000).

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