AKA: Voroshilovskiy Strelok; Voroshilov’s Shooter
Directed by: Stanislav Govorukhin
Starring: Mikhail Ulyanov (Fyodorovich), Anna Sinyakina (Katya), Ilya Drevnov (Vadim), Alexei Makarov (Boris), Marat Basharov (Igor), Irina Rozanova (Mother), Vladislav Galkin (Policeman)
Country: Russia, Effed Up Russian/Soviet Cinema
Language: Russian (English Subs)
Genres: Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Revenge, Family
Plot – Spoilers:
Katya lives with her grandfather Fyodorovich in a small suburban Russian town. She’s friendly and sweet to everyone and mostly a naive, happy girl – some would therefore portend, shit has to be round the corner.
And it’s right there, within her housing project, where Vadim, who went to school with Katya, lives with a couple of his loud friends. Wednesdays are fuckdays for them and when they see Katya walking by, they decide she could be a worthy replacement for the usual hookers they pick up. They end up raping her when she’s unwilling, and Katya and her grandfather are further insulted and shamed by powers that are accustomed to enforcing obedience and silence.
But Fyodorovich, a veteran sharpshooter, is still a good shot…
Despite its Charles Bronson-type poster, The Rifleman of the Voroshilov Regiment is a fairly sensitive and nuanced example from the rape-and-revenge genre, with haunting music and laudable performances.