"A new comedy about a mail order bride that
truly pushes the envelope."
Created by Stavros Kazantzidis and
-- the film's tagline.
Love, Australian style.
In Russian Doll, a 2001 Australian film, billed as HARVEY
(played by Hugh Waving -- Agent smith in The Matrix movies)
is a meek, lonely private eye and wannabe writer in Sydney, Australia.
Poor Harv's exceedingly unlucky in love (an adultery case leads
him to his own fiancée), and he desperate to become a novelist,
so he agrees to marry Katia (Natalia Novikova), a Russian mail-order
bride who's become his best friend David's mistress, in an effort
to keep her from being deported.
Naturally, the course of true love doesn't run smooth. David's
wife learns about the upcoming wedding, and thinking her husband's
best friend has finally found his soul mate, she insists on turning
the wedding into a big deal, which in turn creates tension between
David and Harvey. And meanwhile, Harvey and Katia slowly discover
that maybe they don't dislike each other quite as much as they
More a romantic comedy than a detective story, this is an amusing
little trifle, reminiscent at times of Love
at Large, but lacking that film's edge.
- "...this is no simple romance flick...there are little
treasures to be found the more layers you get through...Hugo
Weaving is simply excellent in the lead role....Russian Doll
is one of the best Australian films of recent times..."
- RUSSIAN DOLL
(2001, Beyond Films/Screen Artists -- Australia)
Screenplay by Stavros Kazantzidis
and Allanah Zitserman
Directed by Stavros Kazantzidis
Produced by Allanah Zitserman
Co-producer: Hugo Weaving
Associate producer: Anna
Executive produce: Bruno
Original Music by Mark Rivett
Starring Hugo Weaving as
Also starring David Wenham,
Rebecca Frith, Sacha Horler, Helen Dallimore, Natalia Novikova,
Alan Lovell, Felicity Price, Laurie Foel , Todd Worden, Brigid
Dixon, Peter Beaumont, Peter Astridge, Alex Zitserman, Arkadi
Uchitel, Alisa Katan, Isabella Katan, George Chernykh
Respectfully submitted by Kevin
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