The Stroll (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

The Stroll 2003

Progulka

Directed by Alexey Uchitel

Russia In Russian with English subtitles
90 minutes 35mm

Director

Screenplay

Dunya Smirnova

Photography

Yuri Klimenko
,
Pavel Kostomarov

Editor

Yelena Andreyeva

With

Irina Pegova
,
Pavel Barshak
,
Yevgeny Tsyganov
,
Yevgeny Grishkovets

Festivals

Rotterdam 2004

Elsewhere

Taking to the streets with the mobility that Russian Ark applied to the city’s most famous interior, The Stroll accompanies a beautiful young woman as she banters with two young admirers making their way around St Petersburg on a summer afternoon. The handheld camera floats and turns with virtuosity around the three fast-talking, hormone-charged twenty-somethings, providing fascinating insight into the expectations, tastes and sexual politics of the first generation of Russians to have grown up without Communism. The editing, fast and fluent, provides the feeling we’re watching a film made in one take, immersing us in the sights and sounds of the streets and plazas. The love story that unfolds suggests a familiar scenario of best friends, one a poet, one a man of action, becoming romantic rivals, but it turns out to be something more surprising – and revealing. 

“A refreshing look at a modern Russian urbia… Alexey Uchitel, in collaboration with Moscow theater troupe the Petr Fomenkos Workshop, pulls off the impressive stunt to often exhilarating effect.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety