A Russian Girl's Old Flick Nostalgia


I have been living in the United States for ten years now. Ten!! Ten years since I waved good-bye to everyone and everything I had ever know at the railway station in Voronezh, Russia, and hopped on board of the train to pursue my multicolored dreams.

Despite my firm belief that I will be fine no matter where, the homesickness did come. And not once. It would come in waves, when you least expect it and just punch you in the stomach - with the almost palpable desire to taste the Russian early-spring wind on my lips, with the tummy-crunching need to have that particular type of rye bread that you can only find in specialty stores here, with the painfully nostalgic wish to watch that very movie. That movie, which, even though it is not a Russian movie, hardly anyone has heard of in the States.

Imagine my sincere surprise, when I found out that my husband had never seen movies with Pierre Richard. "What? Seriously?" I kept egging him on, undoubtedly making him feel super self-conscious, "And you have never heard of, Gérard Depardieu, or Adriano Celentano, or Louis de Funès, or Ornella Muti? Alain Delon? No?" I sighed in exasperation and decided that it was time to start closing that horrid cinematography gap between the USA and Europe.

Sounds familiar? Well, luckily, the world keeps on changing and it keeps getting smaller. Six months ago we bought a Smart TV and connected ETV, and now I can watch 100 channels transmitted on the Russian TV, as if I never left the motherland - and all for $7.99 a month! But I will write more about that in a different post. Today, I would like to share with you the best foreign movies that will help you beat that bitter-sweet nostalgia (or perhaps succumb to it), remember the good old days of our childhood and adolescence, smile wide or maybe shed a tear or two. And for my American friends - get ready for the journey of your lifetime. If you like old flicks, these ones rock (but please remember that all movies on ETV are dubbed in Russian. So... if you don't speak Russian, your only option is Amazon). Are you ready? Here they come!

1. The Taming of the Scoundrel

This is the best romantic comedy of all times - IMHO :). Adriano Celentano and Ornella Muti are absolutely hilarious in this funny tale of seduction. Cuddle up with a warm blanket and a glass of wine and enjoy! It's available on ETV or can be purchased on Amazon. And this is a little snippet for you!

2. The ComDads

Apart from the fact that this is an amazing comedy that will make you laugh and cry at the same time, the soundtrack to this flick is hard to beat! Available on ETV and Amazon.

3. The Professional

Ladies, I am no fan of action movies, but Jean-Paul Belmondo is super-hot in this one and you know it! Plus, once again, the sountrack is world-famous :). You can find it on ETV, stream it for free if you are a member of Amazon Prime, or purchase a DVD on Amazon.

4. The Toy

Pierre Richard does it again in this heartfelt and warm comedy. Like many French flicks of that era, The Toy will not only make you laugh, but will also make you ponder on some pretty important parental issues. You can get it on ETV and Amazon.