Kukla by Kira Muratova is a story about the significance of money. A strange man intervenes between ex-spouses on the matter directly related to a large sum of money one of them had secured after selling a piece of property.
The film is short, but has 2 whole storyturns, both changing the perspective rather strongly. The story as it is is powerful and comprehensive. The essense of the film, as well as specific techniques used, are characteristic of Muratova’s directorial style, and are very much recognizable, although the pressure created by them is not as suppressive as it is normal in her full-length movies. The acting is good. The variation of Barto’s poem about the bull-calf is just wonderful.
All in all, this is one of Muratova’s best works, – original and interesting, but not at all overpowering.
Released in: 2007
Directed by: Kira Muratova
Written by: Sergey Chetvertkov, Evgeniy Golubenko
Performed by: Natalya Buzko, Yakov Kucherevckiy, Leonid Kushnir, Yuriy Nevgamovnyi, Alexandra Svenskaya, Anatoliy Trukhin
Entertaining quality: 4+ out of 5
Art quality: 5 out of 5
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