Russian “must watch” in January
One New Year movie Enjoy Russian school highly recommends
Welcome to Matryoshka’s Diary! Today our author, Elena, will tell you how people in Russia spend New Year’s and Christmas holidays. In Russia, the New Year beats Christmas in importance, with extensive celebrations taking place all over the country. We love watching movies on our winter break – this is something very unique to our culture. There is a movie that is definitely worth watching this January.
“What is the main feature of the holiday table? Television!”
In a famous Russian cartoon “Zima v Prostokvashino” (“Winter Vacations in Prostokvashino”) postman Pechkin asks: “What is the main feature of the holiday table?” and then answers his own question: “Television.”Along with holiday salads, decorating the Christmas tree (елка) and drinking champagne while the bells chime in the new year, watching special holiday programs on TV is a crucial part of the New Year’s celebrations in Russia. And I’m not just talking about gala-concerts with favorite pop stars enthusiastically singing their latest hits, or comedy shows, or yet another version of “The Nutcracker”.
I mean beloved Soviet films, and one film in particular – “The Irony of Fate”. In Russia, people believe in the magic of the New Year’s eve, and “The Irony of Fate” captures that magic in the most implausible but sweet and hopelessly romantic way.
- Every Russian knows the story: nerdy doctor Zhenya from Moscow mistakenly enters a stranger’s apartment after (again, mistakenly) being put on a plane to Leningrad.
- His key fits the lock, the building and the furniture look the same, and since Zhenya is tipsy after going to banya with his buddies, he doesn’t notice the small differences that would have indicated to him that it’s not his apartment.
- He also doesn’t remember being on a plane, or at the airport. The owner of the apartment, beautiful Nadya, soon comes home to find a complete stranger asleep on her couch.
- Will she call the cops? Or will the New Year’s eve work its magic on two Soviet citizens with identical apartments? You should watch to find out!
By the way, this is one of the best films to learn Russian vocabulary. Enjoy Russian students watch movies during classes too! Feel free to sign up for the course and become fluent in Russian with our tutors and Soviet movies 🙂