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Poor Relatives

Directed by Pavel Lungin

France-Russia | 103 minutes | 2005

French, Yiddish, English, Russian with English subtitles

Young con artist with a rather nice personality, Edik gets in trouble gathering long lost foreign relatives together. Wealthy and middle-class émigrés who have made it in the new lands (the Americas, Israel) return to the homeland, to the roots from which they were severed. The implicit motivation for their return is the search for spiritual nourishment, and so the émigrés sacrifice the material comforts of their villas and Western civilization to journey to their ancestral past, the timeless village of Golotvin. They believe that here they will be able to complete themselves by reconnecting with their heritage. All for the nominal fee of Edik, a free agent and a small-time crook who orchestrates an elaborate crime with the intention of earning a pile of money by tricking a group of pilgrims into thinking that a small village is their homeland and its inhabitants are their long-lost relatives.
Foreign Title Bednye rodstvenniki
Director Pavel Lungin
Countries of Production France-Russia
Year of Presentation 2005
Language(s) French, Yiddish, English, Russian with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 103 minutes
Principal Cast Konstantin Khabenskiy, Leonid Kanevskiy, Sergey Garmash
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