Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Synopsis: This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Vladimir Menshov
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
150 min


Second Artists' Association








Screenplay by


Directed by

Vladimir MENSHOV

Director of Photography


Production Designer


Music by Sergey NIKITIN

Lyrics by D. SUKHAREV




Moscow. 1958

Workers' Dormitory

- You failed?

- I missed by two points.

- Have you checked the list?

- I have. I'm not on it.

Don't give up. You'll work and

study at night,

and next year you'll make it

for sure...

Look who is here!

Don't look so depressed, Katerina.

I'm not depressed.

- Just two points!

- I'll make it no matter what.

No one said you wouldn't.

After all, 35 is the age limit.

You got plenty of time, believe me.

Couldn't you at least clean up

your face?

Kolia'll be here any minute.

He's taking me to watch a concert.

To watch a concert! After two years

in Moscow you can't talk properly.

- Don't come in!

- Come in, please!

- Hi!

- Good evening.

- You're not well?

- You made me blush all over.

I'm sorry.

- Want to have a look?

- No, thanks.

Kolia! I'll be ready in a second!

Why d'you have to frighten him?

You know, he's so shy.

Yeah, you wouldn't call him

an intellectual.

You could have found a dunce

like him at home in your village.

What were you so scared of?

It was a strawberry beauty mask.

Don't forget,

the doors are locked after twelve.

We'll be back in time.

We're going to watch a concert.

To watch a concert!

And you call yourself a Muscovite!

Women's dormitory.

Which Ludmilla? There're

Ludmillas by the dozens here.

Oh, that Ludmilla...

Just a minute. She's taking a bath

right now.

Sviridova, telephone for you!

She'll be right with you. She's

in the middle of drying off.

I said you were taking a bath.

Vadik? Of course, I remember.

What dormitory? Oh, that's our

granny. She's a great joker.

Some cousins came to visit

and now she's complaining

that our place is like a dormitory.

Everyone wants to come to Moscow,

but we can't live like sardines.

Today? No, I can't.

It's daddy's birthday.

Tomorrow? I'd better call you back.

I'll be in class all day.

- Dormitory!

- What else should I say?

- Why don't you just say "hello"?

- Hello? How was I supposed to know?

Fate flies like a rocket

in one huge parabola,

Sometimes along a rainbow,

but mostly in the pitch-dark cupola.

There lived a red-headed artist,

well-known as Gauguin.

A Bohemian, though

he started as a two-bit salesman.

To end up in the Louvre,

originating in Montmartre,

He made a detour

via Java and Sumatra.

He rocketed,

forgetting the madness of money...

What's he trying to say?

After five years of slaving,

buried in textbooks,

you're supposed to go in a factory?

What kind of life is that?

What kind of life do you want?

Stop necking on the street.

You're in a public place.

This chemistry of yours is so

boring. Nothing but formulas.

You don't understand.

Chemistry's the future of mankind.

You should be thinking more

about your present.

- Hey, girls, what about...

- Get lost, will you.

Why did you do that?

They look nice to me.

That's right, just nice.

In Moscow on a quota, just like us.

To love no less than a queen,

to lose no less than a million.

French Film Festival

Ever seen a mink like that?

I love her! It's Koniukhova!

That's what I call life!

Look! Youmatov!

Why are you out here?

Nina was supposed to bring me

an invitation...

Wait. I'll try to get you in.

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Valentin Chernykh

Valentin Konstantinovich Chernykh (Russian: Валенти́н Константи́нович Черны́х; 12 March 1935 – 6 August 2012) was a Russian screenwriter. He wrote for more than 35 films between 1973 and 2011. He was the Head of the Jury at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. more…

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