TOP 8 best films about the village

Urbanization has widened both the mental and the quantitative gap between the villagers and the urban. Young people of today are trying to leave the countryside. They find life here unattractive and uncomfortable. The romantic halo of the village and the warmest feelings for the life of the village can awaken the movies.

“Wedding in Malinovka”, 1967

  • Year: 1967
  • Genre: Comedy, Musical, Military
  • Country: USSR
  • Cast: Vladimir Samoilov, Lyudmila Alfimova, Valentina Nikolaenko, Evgeny Lebedev, Zoya Fedorova, Geliy Sysoev, Mikhail Pugovkin, Nikolai Slichenko, Andrey Abrikosov, Grigory Abrikosov

This musical comedy, showing the period of the Civil War, has presented many quotes, beloved and recognizable characters. This is an explosive mixture of funny characters and serious greetings to “red”. Or perhaps this is a fairy tale about a beautiful girl who wants to marry for love, not ideology. The viewer does not think about it. He just enjoys watching a comedy about how the Red Guards save the village from Gritsk’s gang, who also wants to marry a girl on himself.

“Love and Doves”, 1984

  • Year: 1984
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Country: USSR
  • Cast: Alexander Mikhailov, Nina Doroshina, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Sergey Yursky, Natalya Tenyakova, Yanina Lisovskaya, Igor Lyakh, Lada Sizonenko, Vladimir Menshov, Konstantin Mikhailov

This is a soulful story about Vasya and his wife Nadya Kuzyakina. For domestic viewers, the film “Love and Doves” is the most understandable and closest film.

The Kuzyakins live in the Siberian village. They have three children. A drunken neighbor lives nearby. Vasya works in logging and loves pigeons very much. Nadezhda does most of the work on the farm and grumbles at the birds her husband bred.

After receiving an industrial injury, Vasya leaves for a sanatorium. Here, on the Black Sea coast, a man meets Raisa Zakharovna. She, intelligent and educated, Vasily perceives as a deity. A holiday romance ensues, and the main character of the film, unable to cope with the onslaught of flared up feelings, leaves his pigeons and family.

The vivid characters of the villagers were copied from the relatives of the scriptwriter – the villagers.

“Girls”, 1961

  • Year: 1961
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Country: USSR
  • Cast: Nadezhda Rumyantseva, Nikolai Rybnikov, Luciena Ovchinnikova, Stanislav Khitrov, Inna Makarova, Svetlana Druzhinina, Nina Menshikova, Roman Filippov, Mikhail Pugovkin, Anatoly Adoskin

A graduate of the culinary school Tosya comes on assignment to a remote village from sunny Simferopol. Local guys immediately show interest in a naive and energetic girl. The first guy in the village also shows attention to the new girl. But then he gets a turn from the gate. Now it is a matter of principle and honor to conquer this inaccessible Tosya. As popular wisdom says – don’t dig a hole for another. It is in such a hole that the suitor falls. Only in Soviet times could such really kind films be made.

“It was in Penkovo”, 1957

  • Year: 1957
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama
  • Country: USSR
  • Cast: Maya Menglet, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Svetlana Druzhinina, Vladimir Ratomsky, Valentina Telegina, Anatoly Kubatsky, Yuri Medvedev, Alexandra Kharitonova, Yuri Martynov, Elena Melnikova

Zootechnician Tonya is an educated and active girl who comes from the city to a collective farm. The girl has progressive views. Matvey Morozov is the main bully, he is the first guy in the village. The girl was very interested in him, but only trouble – he is married, and his wife is the daughter of the chairman of the collective farm.

Girl Tosya is working with local residents. She tries to cultivate them. Moonshiner Alevtina doesn’t like it. This quarrelsome old woman, in order to harm the city upstart, takes advantage of the discord between Matvey and his wife, whose name is Larissa.

“Evenings on a farm near Dikanka”, 1962

  • Year: 1962
  • Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
  • Country: USSR
  • Cast: Yuri Tavrov, Lyudmila Khityaeva, Georgy Millyar, Alexander Khvylya, Sergei Martinson, Anatoly Kubatsky, Alexander Radunsky, Dmitry Kapka, Nikolai Yakovchenko, Lyudmila Myznikova

The old village way of life is vividly shown by Russian fairy tales. Director Alexander Rowe, who has a special sense of national folklore, masterfully conveys this way of life in the film “Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka”. This film was based on the work of Gogol “The Night Before Christmas”. The traditions of local cuisine, the way of life of the villagers, their rituals and festivities are shown in all their glory.

In one farm, on the eve of the holy feast, the demon entangled all the inhabitants. But a blacksmith named Vakula managed to preserve his love, get his bride’s slippers and defeat evil spirits.

“Kalina krasnaya”, 1974

  • Year: 1974
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country: USSR
  • Cast: Vasily Shukshin, Lydia Fedoseeva-Shukshina, Ivan Ryzhov, Maria Skvortsova, Alexey Vanin, Maria Vinogradova, Afimya Bystrova, Lev Durov, Nikolai Grabbe, Georgy Burkov

In the work of Vasily Shukshin, this film became the apogee. He himself wrote the script, he himself starred. In the Soviet film distribution, this film broke all records among non-comedy films.

Yegor Prokudin – the main character of the film, served time. He wants to start living anew and comes to the village. But can the old life be able to let him go?

“White nights of the postman Alexei Tryapitsyn”, 2014

  • Year: 2014
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country Russia
  • Cast: Alexey Tryapitsyn, Irina Ermolova, Timur Bondarenko, …

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