Dear Comrades! review – dreams and disillusionment of a Communist party stalwart

The deadly Soviet response to a workers’ strike tests a mother’s faith in communism in Andrei Konchalovsky’s harrowing drama based on true eventsVeteran film-maker, screenwriter and theatre and TV director Andrei Konchalovsky’s career is nothing if not eclectic.

He co-wrote Tarkovsky’s 1966 classic Andrei Rublev, while his directorial CV ranges from an acclaimed 1970 adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya to Venice prize winners The Postman’s White Nights and Paradise, via the Kurosawa-originated white-knuckle thriller Runaway Train and the ill-fated Hollywood buddy cop action film Tango & Cash, from which he was removed mid-shoot.Konchalovsky’s latest (once again feted at Venice) is among his finest work, a harrowing drama set in 1962, in the provincial Ussr town of Novocherkassk.

Julia Vysotskaya plays Lyudmila (Aka Lyuda), a stalwart party official who served as a battlefield nurse during the second world war, and who retains a nostalgic devotion

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