Kira Muratova

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

Kira Muratova’s first solo feature already displays her sui generis approach to cinema, in an impressionistic portrait of women at work and in love. Through an intricate play of flashbacks and shifting perspectives, Brief Encounters reveals the tangled romantic triangle that connects a hard-nosed city planner (played by Muratova herself), her free-spirited geologist husband (legendary Soviet protest singer Vladimir Vysotskiy), and the young woman from the countryside (Nina Ruslanova) whom she hires as her housekeeper. Blending observational realism with striking New Wave–style experimentation, Muratova crafts a wryly perceptive study of two very different women bound by chance and each navigating her own career, dreams, and disappointments.

Film Info

  • Soviet Union, Ukraine
  • 1967
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Russian

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Collector's Set

Brief Encounters / The Long Farewell: Two Films by Kira Muratova

Brief Encounters / The Long Farewell: Two Films by Kira Muratova

Blu-ray Box Set

2 Discs

$47.96

Collector's Set

Brief Encounters / The Long Farewell: Two Films by Kira Muratova

Brief Encounters / The Long Farewell: Two Films by Kira Muratova

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

$31.96

Brief Encounters
Cast
Nina Ruslanova
Nadya
Vladimir Vysotskiy
Maksim
Kira Muratova
Valentina Ivanovna
Lidia Bazilskaya
Lubka
Aleksey Glazyrin
Semen Semenovich
Valeri Isakov
Styopa
Tatyana Midnaya
Zina
Credits
Director
Kira Muratova
Written by
Kira Muratova
Written by
Leonid Zhukhovitsky
Cinematography
Gennady Karyuk
Production design
Aleksandra Konardova
Production design
Oleg Perederiy
Costumes
L. Tolstykh
Sound
Igor Skinder
Editor
O. Kharakova
Music
Oleg Karavaychuk