(aka 'Babyusa' or 'Granny' or 'Baboussia')

directed by Lidiya Bobrova
Russia / France 2003


 BABOUSSIA (the original Russian title is BABUSYA) was apparently made for HD-TV, and produced by Tadrart (Bruno Dumont's producers) in relation with LenFilm in Russia. This is Bobrova's third feature, and a very worthwhile viewing experience. Contrasting the new modern ideology of Russian youngsters with those of the "old Russians", the film tells the sad story of Babusya (Granny) as she's shunted around family members: none of whom want her. The "new Russians" think about number one, themselves, their own comfort, which is contrary to the code by which most "old Russians" lived. Even though Babusya sold her house and gave the money to her grandchildren, dug trenches at Stalingrad, and made numerous sacrifices - nobody wants her. A film with a lot to say, and I enjoyed it.

Nick Wrigley

Theatrical Release: June 25th, 2003 - Moscow Film Festival, Russia

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DVD Review: Blaq Out - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Blaq Out- Region 2- PAL
Runtime 1:35:04
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio - anamorphic - pillarboxed
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Audio Russian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, French, and Dutch subtitles on the main feature. English and French subs on everything else), None

Release Information:
Studio: Blaq Out Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Director Interview
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2004
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Chapters: 17


Blaq Out are really pushing the boat out for English-speaking folk. PAL encoded (R2), it has English subtitles on everything. The film has been correctly transferred in anamorphic, pillarboxed 1.66:1 thus preserving the 1.66:1 frame and not cropping it to 1.78:1 for 16:9 TVs.

This is one of five DVDs released this month in France by BLAQ OUT. They all have English subtitles on everything and are highly recommended. The other titles are LES GENS DE LA RIZIERE [THE RICE PEOPLE], by Rithy Panh, HISTOIRE D'UN SECRET by Mariana Otero, BAB EL EOUED CITY by Merzak Allouache, and TRIPLE AGENT by Eric Rohmer.

Nick Wrigley

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