From Senses of Cinema:
Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh (Asya’s Happiness) is a seminal film, a film that suffered numerous title changes and edits by edict. It is a rediscovered classic that was shelved for 20 years and now stands as a testament to the paranoid absurdity of Soviet censorship. It is a film that provided a powerful start for some careers and stunted others. With its natural lightness and exploration of femininity it broke the genre of the collective farm-worker movie and introduced a deeply Russian neo-realism that celebrated the rural, spiritual environment through stunning black-and-white cinematography and breathtakingly authentic performances by non-professional actors that captured the sounds, stories and pace of life in the village of Bezvodnoye. It is regrettable that the story of Asya’s Happiness invariably returns to issues of political censorship, as it is a film about love. Complex, inexplicable, lonely, broken, violent, tender, unspeakable and proud are the various manifestations of Russian love that we witness in this remarkable story.
1.77GB | 1 h 33 min | 768×576 | mkv