Rent The Barber of Siberia (1998)

3.7 of 5 from 71 ratings
2h 49min
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Synopsis:
A sweeping romantic epic, The Barber of Siberia is an ambitious portrait of pre-revolution Russia played out against a complex love story. The story is told as a woman in 1905 Massachusetts writes a letter to a West Point cadet, telling him a sprawling tale that begins in 1885 when a young American woman, Jane (Ormond), meets a sparky Russian cadet, Andrei (Menshikov), on a train bound for Moscow... The film has a real sense of scope and history and features an outstanding performance by Julia Ormond, alongside Richard Harris.
A huge cast, wonderful directorial touches and a continual stream of real-life humour that makes the characters and situations interesting and engaging turn this into a stunning tale of passion and honour.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Nikita Mikhalkov, Rustam Ibragimbekov
Aka:
Sibirskiy tsiryulnik
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Countries:
Russia, Comedy, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/09/2005
Run Time:
169 minutes
Languages:
English, Russian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access

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Reviews (1) of The Barber of Siberia

A strangely affecting but infuriating admixture of humour, melodrama and tedium - The Barber of Siberia review by FM

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16/06/2020

This film was apparently panned on release due to its excessive length and it is certainly true that some scenes and the script should have been attacked with a scalpel. The framing round the memories of an American woman gives the unfortunate first-impression that this will be some kind of US mini-series. But this story of the chocolate-box soldier-cadets of 1880s Tsarist Russia is strangely affecting when dealing with what it knows about - the idiosyncrasies and silliness of pre-communist Russia, and there is a memorable performance by Oleg Menshikov as a theatrically excitable cadet swept up in a passionate coup de foudre with a mysterious American woman. He has the most naturally expressive very Russian sad-clown face, and he uses it to such great effect. Some elements of the plot jar: Julia Ormonde's back story is introduced in a barely understandable or credible fashion, and Richard Harris used in a way that is merely irritating. The ending is hard to believe given what has gone before. One gets the feeling of a great missed opportunity, spoiled by the need for international cooperation and funding. If you read the whole thing as a metaphor for modern Russia - American culture is alluring and tempting, but don't get involved as it will destroy your innocence and mess up your life!

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