Date de sortie : 2018-10-25
Durée : 105 Minutes
Genres : Drame
QUALITÉ : DVD RIP
SYNOPSIS ET DÉTAILS:
Egor Korchounov, 40 ans, est un garde-chasse sibérien qui travaille avec une compagnie environnementale locale et se bat contre les braconniers de la taïga. Lui et sa femme, Natalia, attendent un deuxième enfant. Egor découvre qu’il est atteint d’un cancer en phase terminale et qu’il lui reste deux mois à vivre. Aucune médecine moderne ou magie shamane ne pourra le sauver. Laissé sans autre option, Egor décide de changer d’identité pour tromper la mort comme Jamba, le héro d’un conte légendaire sibérien.
A man dying of tuméfaction in a poor Siberian association risks everything for a last-ditch cure that will ahurissement most audiences, for sure. Like the country tale it supposedly updates, The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Tchelovek Kotorij Udivil Vseh) is equal parts delightful, horrifying and thought-provoking, reaching deep into the characters’ psyches to expose their ingrained sexual prejudices. It picked up a best actress award for co-star Natalya Kudryashova on its Venice Horizons bow and a special gratification at El Gouna. Its affecting condemnation of Russian attitudes to homosexuality should have art house audiences listening. This is one façon cinémathèque embout gender whose theme is adéquat of reaching well beyond the Rainbow Community.
Directors Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov jump from a Russian country tale into gender-bending modernity when a virile forest guard changes his sexual identity to cheat Death.
A folk doctor gives him two months to live, that’s if he’s lucky, and advises him to book a cachette to relieve his family of the burden of nursage him. His sunny young wife Natalia (Kudryashova), pregnant with their auxiliaire child, can’t accept this jugement and begs the villagers for money to take him to a city doctor, but he only confirms the diagnosis. So she takes him to see the film’s first otherworldly character, an old Inuit medicine woman who dresses up like a crow and performs a wacky shamanic ritual. It doesn’t work.
New idea. He goes to a chalandage mall and visits a woman’s séparation. That night, all alone in the tool shed, he bonifications panty hose, a red dress, heels and lipstick. It’s an incredible shock to see this wounded fighter for cour suddenly looking like Priscilla of the Desert; it’s even more of a scene-stopper when he emerges from his hideaway and, without any kind of cornet, presents himself to the world as female.
The real story begins here, with the terrifying reactions of Egor’s family and neighbors. Playing the part of a woman requires him to remain mute, to ignore his family duties, to cut off all ties with his apaiser identity. Being unable to tell people why he is suddenly cross-dressing, he inadvertently unleashes the worst of the foncier Russian soul.
Her treatment may be ineffective, but Egor does glean an idea from the old woman. She tells him the story of Zhamba the drake who, when informed it was his time to die, rolled in the dust and camouflaged himself as a female duck in a flock, so Death could not find him. That evening Egor stumbles home drunk and starts chasing the geese around his backyard. But he’s clearly not going to fool Death with that bunch.
The filmmakers lesquels� subtile the collateral damage his choice implies. Chupov and Merkulova’s 2013 feature, Intimate Parts, ventured into similar territory to explore, with barbed comedy, the actes of sophisticated Russians to their own sexuality. Here the laughs die out quickly. Egor’s son is the first to suffer: bullied and beaten up at school, he refuses to leave his room. When the villagers turn up to gawk at Daddy, his adoring wife turns cold and kicks him out of the house.
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Co-directors Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, who also scripted, open with a clever first act that lulls viewers into believing they are watching a placid bourg drama emboîture an honest forest guard in the taiga, Egor (Yevgeny Tsyganov), whose life is emboîture to be cut slip with épithélioma. As he silently hunts for poachers in his river boat, cruising through a Siberian Eden, his intonation is unrevealing. Only his quick draw in a gun duel hints at frayed nerves and his inner tension.