Thespian Thursday: Русалка (2007)

Written by C.Diva

I have always been a fan of foreign films and, since I started learning Russian, I watch a ton of Russian film and television, although I’m not a huge fan of the themes within the genre. The plot always seem to center around women needing men to save them, women cheating or doing something awful to their men, or men being doted upon for no good reason, and then, in the end, the women are usually never redeemed. There are also a ton of Russian WWII films, which are even currently, all the rage. Still, to help in my language learning, I often put on any old Russian film or TV show I can find, and just let the words wash over me as I pretend to understand and further my linguistic knowledge.

I happened across Русалка (2007) or “Mermaid”, while searching for “Russian movies” on Hulu and I’m glad I did, because it is very different than the tropes (if you can call them that) I listed above. Русалка is sad, as most good Russian films are, but with an ache-y sort of melancholy that I love in an artsy film such as this.

The main protagonist and the film’s narrator, “Alice”, is whimsical and weird, both themes throughout this movie that reminds me of an off-brand Wes Anderson film in many ways. I didn’t expect to enjoy this film as much as I did, but it is so much fun to watch, beautifully shot, with colors and imagery that stand out. If you have Hulu, you can find the film there, or you can watch the whole thing on Vimeo.

я не очень хорошо говорю по-русски, но спасибо, что позволил мне практиковать!