Little Vera
Malenkaya Vera
Russia, 1988, 128 minutes
Little Vera Synopsis

A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment with her mother and father, however being this close to each other makes the living get rough. Their daily life is plagued with massive amounts of alcohol (mainly vodka) and when she tries to escape her home life, she meets up with a boyfriend, Sergei who then moves into her already small apartment after sleeping with her. Every day little Vera has to go through hell just to get by, which even involves her going against her own morals after her father has done something extremely wrong.

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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
I'd have to say that this movie confronts the real situations in the Soviet Union. It depicted dysfunctional  family relationships, casual sex,  alcoholism and even the bleak scenery of the... more
I'd have to say that this movie confronts the real situations in the Soviet Union. It depicted dysfunctional  family relationships, casual sex,  alcoholism and even the bleak scenery of the  urban community due to worsening pollution. While it centers on Vera and her family,  it's not just a family drama but an over-all social document of the country. I think in part this is why it became controversial in Russia but the controversy paved way for curiosity and the result: the film did well at the box-office. Acting portrayals were impressive but while Natalya Negoda as Vera was the runaway star I'd have to say another character, her friend Christyakova (Aleksandra Tabakova) was commendable  for her no-holds barred way of portrayal. This is a curious study of a culture and country that interests most of us, and for an indie film this is generally admirable. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This film did really well at the Soviet tills upon its release in 1988 and was also quite popular when it debuted in American cinemas.  Touted as the first film... more
This film did really well at the Soviet tills upon its release in 1988 and was also quite popular when it debuted in American cinemas.  Touted as the first film from the Soviet Union to have a sex scene,  this fact could well attribute to the fact that it became controversial and viewers became curious to watch it.  But at the root of it all, it's a sad family drama about Vera and her dysfunctional family.  Scenes are realistic and some even quite gritty and shocking but I'd have to say the acting performances are commendable. Viewers will be confronted with issues like poverty and messy family relationships. Quite engrossing to watch! 
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Reviewed by sharonmae
Engaging film and with a very interesting plot.  This film tackles issues like youth rebellion, promiscuity and a seemingly big gap between parents and siblings. Natalya Negoda has on-screen appeal... more
Engaging film and with a very interesting plot.  This film tackles issues like youth rebellion, promiscuity and a seemingly big gap between parents and siblings. Natalya Negoda has on-screen appeal and raw talent but like an uncut diamond it needs polishing.  She registers well on-screen, that's a given, but depth of emotion not quite fulfilled. Her laughs at times are so forced and it doesn't convey emotion as such. Her provocative face and slim figure helps and she is seething with erotic sensuality and in a way it helped her through during the film's entirety. Noted few things that somehow show the working class status of her family: the ever-present red and white blouse that she wears in the majority of scenes and yes, the   house dress with a big hole near the shoulder. There also seems to be Western influences in the teens and young people in Vera's place, the Soviet Union, as depicted in the film and Western culture also made a big influence as shown in the film. Recognized in a number of film festivals, still the film didn't seem to fulfill the whole purpose for its viewers. It attracted a big audience at the tills though and judging from this it really must have raised quite a curiosity. Still worth the watch for the social relevance that it tries to instill to the viewers. 
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  • full of lessons for the youth,  worth checking out! 

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