Taxi Blues (1990)
Director: Pavel Lungin
Cast: Pyotr Mamonov, Pyotr Zaichenko, Vladimir Kashpur, Natalya Kolyakanova
This superb tragicomedy is a character study of two very different Muscovites: an alcoholic intellectual Jewish musician and a bitter, tormented, vaguely anti-Semitic taxi driver. Against the backdrop of a raw, pitiless troubled society, they play out their class conflicts and shared longings. The brutality of their world eloquently mirrors their unhappiness, and hints at the forces behind it, in this visually stunning portrait of a Moscow on the brink of passive changes.