Ukrainian director's film is among the top 101 "hidden gems" of cinema
The British Film Institute has created a list of 101 films that are considered "hidden gems" of cinema. Most of them did not become sensations, but were highly appreciated by professionals in the industry. The rating also includes a film by Ukrainian director Kira Muratova, who died in 2018.
The 2002 film Chekhov's Motifs is based on the short story Difficult People and the play Tatiana Repina. This and hundreds of other little-known film projects are available on the BFI website.
Muratova's film was included in the list of "hidden gems" by the famous British director Mark Cousins. By the way, he supports Ukrainians in the war with Russia, and in 2023 he came to Kyiv for the 20th anniversary of the Docudays UA Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
"At the age of sixty, the controversial Ukrainian director Kira Muratova has made this, her 16th film, and it is another masterpiece. In the first half, a family is arguing at the table. One of their adult children keeps asking for more money for college. The second part is a long wedding scene, shot as beautifully as von Sternberg's black-and-white films. But there is a dead ex-girlfriend of the groom, and it's a Fellini-Buñuel-style absurdity," the Briton described the Ukrainian film.
He called Chekhov's Motifs another "provocative" work by the director, which makes you "want to fall in love and run away."
The main role in the film is played by Ukrainian film and theater actress, Honored Artist of Ukraine Natalia Bulko.