(aka 'Babyusa' or 'Granny' or 'Baboussia')
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.
Theatrical Release: June 25th, 2003 - Moscow Film Festival, Russia
DVD Review: Blaq Out - Region 2 - PAL
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|Distribution||Blaq Out- Region 2- PAL|
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|
DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2004
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.