Cast: Natalya Sourkova, Vladimir Zolotar', Dmitri Ignatov.
World premiere - OUTFEST-2000, July, 2000, Los Angeles, USA
Trifling but pleasing
"Right near blue sea, where bars are so free" we can
see just Sheakspeare`s passions.
Passions so true and easy, that looker feels really
fun. Anyone who have ever visited "gay
and lesbian" festivals, knows, that two most popular
themes in its creature are: "Look, how
happy we are together!", and "Look, how they put us
down!". These themes are the basic of
film "The Little Sotmaid". Of course, it`s parody, but not ungry
thus much, that "gay" festivals
readily enter that film its programm.
Happines of gay-heroes is absolute and innocent,
just like the sky above its heads. But when a women
appears on their island, their life
becomes a funny thriller. The women haunts two men,
and maybe, this is the finish of
their happiness. The hero of N. Surkova is openly sexy
and agressive. Pure gays rushes
about theis own island, trying to avoid its claws. Oh,
put down, put down (see higher). Soft
and shy heroes of V. Zolotar` and D. Ignatov funny
twitch, bolting this "vamp",
but they even can`t imagine, that there are no
indecisive problems. When males demonstrate
the theme of "putting down", the female victim of
shipwreck just wants to...
drink. Obviously, that she (like the whole mankind)
feels "her shirt closest her own body",
and she dosen`t care about somebody`s sexual life.
So, "happy end" cannot be avoided!
Film is easy, simple and beautiful. Looker may relax
and rest, watching the
excellent ecscentric trio. It remindes early L.
Gayday`s works. "The Little Sotmaid" uses an esthetic
method of "Samogonshiki" and "Dog Barbos & unusual
cross". "The Little Sotmaid" realises proverb "operator
makes magic"; suburb beach on the coast of Finish bay
becomes an exotic island. If you
see one little pretty thing calling "Cinema about
cinema" right after "The Little Sotmaid", the thing,
united working moments, shooted by half-secret camera
(half-secret, because actors and the
director himself were to busy to control the fact of
shooting them everytime everyside), -
so, if you watch this film, you may sure, that the
film was making anywhere but not on
Canaras. But there`s all right in in film - sea and
sky, such blue as they used to be,
coast sand - yellow, idols - misterious. Watching it,
one wants to bath right now in a
cool deep ocean, that is really just a simple little
cveek, no deeper than
knee. So the actors had not easy making. But as we
can see (what a pleasure), it hadn`t
an influence on their work`s quality.
V. Zolotar` is comic actor by nature, D. Ignatov has
so colorite exterior, than
it reminds Gayday`s Bivalui & Alexander III portrets,
and N. Surkova suddenly got new
image for her - the kind of comic actresse. Before it
she had to play fatal women,
prostitutes. In "The Little Sotmaid" N.
Surkova had surely proved
her actor`s expance. This time she even had not to
have to show her pretty lags. But
even without it a strange woman, one wonderful morning
brought by bars on the island, and having
made such a noice, yields to her partners-men in
Film really amiable decides the scenes of man`s love.
Heroes relates are full of care and
tender so much, than right after film begiging we
begin to cry of laughting. Remarkable, that
D. Frolov professionaly avoides trite physiologic
motives & rough jokes. As in
"Shatanger Aylok", first gay-film of D. Frolov, heroes
relates are full of high romancy. That
romancy this time closes to such an absurd, that makes
laughing any apologet of politness and
correct. There are no deep philosophy and soul screams
in film. What is it? Maybe naughty
trick of director and his friends, maybe purely
esthetic experience, maybe attempt to
understand possibity or inpossibility to work in
excentric genres. We don`t care, how,
why and what for this film was made! For us it`s
trifling but pleasing.