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Aleksandr Sokurov

Spasi i sochrany (Save and Protect)

Edition 1990
167' - 1989 - Drama - Dialogue: Russian, Latin, French
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov Composer: Joeri Chanin With: Robert Vaap, Cécile Zervudacki, Aleksandr Abdulov
Allegedly modeled on Madame Bovary, the story is set in some corner of Russia in a period that time-shifts in deliberately anachronistic fashion between the 19th and 20th centuries. The heroïne, nameless like all the characters, is a high-strung, no longer young housewife given to babbling in French and dreaming of far away places. Bored with her loutish country doctor husband, she channels her creativity into sexual adventurism. With hubby none the wiser this charismatic village eccentric keeps liaisons with various lovers anywhere convenient, including the backseat of a horse-drawn jitney. (Variety 6-9-89)

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Aleksandr Sokurov


Joeri Chanin


Robert Vaap, Cécile Zervudacki, Aleksandr Abdulov


Gustave Flaubert, Yuriy Arabov

Director of Photography

Sergei Joerisditskij

More information


Russian, Latin, French

Countries of production

West Germany

Screenplay based on

"Madame Bovary" (Flaubert)




Aleksandr Sokurov
The Elegy from Russia (1993), Whispering Pages (1994), Dukhovnye golosa. Iz dnevnikov voyny. Povestvovanie v pyati chastyakh (1995), A Humble Life (1997), Dolce... (2000), Taurus (2001), Elegy of a Voyage (2001), Russian Ark (2002), Father and Son (2003), The Sun (2005), Elegy of Life: Rostropovich, Vishnevskaya (2006), Alexandra (2007), Reading Book of Blockade (2009), Intonatsiya (2010), Intonatsiya. Vladimir Yakunin (2010), We Need Happiness (2010), Faust (2011), Francofonia (2015), Fairytale (2022)

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