Dead Man’s Letters (1986)

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AKA: Pisma Myortvogo Cheloveka; Letters from a Dead Man
Directed by: Konstantin Lopushanskiy
Starring: Rolan Bykov (Scientist)
Country: Russia
Language: Russian (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:23:22
Genres: <Sci-Fi, Misery-Depressing

Plot – Spoilers:
A bizarre computer error leads to a nuclear missile being launched with the operator unable to prevent it. In the ensuing fallout, people are relegated to trying to survive underground in bunkers. Some bunkers are deemed special and meant only for the healthy and those with the greatest chance of survival.

In this scenario, a Nobel laureate scientist lives in a bunker below a museum with his dying wife and museum workers. His son is dead and he is surrounded with bleak people with minimal hope for themselves and the human species. And yet, he refuses to accept his son’s death and believes the world will eventually return to its former status quo. His outlook isn’t popular among the others and he accepts he might even be going crazy. But he refuses to let go of his thoughts and instead writes imaginary letters to his son while desperately holding on to his humanity in an environment where it is no longer relevant.

2 thoughts on “Dead Man’s Letters (1986)

  • April 11, 2021 at 4:17 am

    Exacerbates my depression and misanthropy. Love it.


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