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Papa, Sdokhni

Why Don't You Just Die!

Russia 2018
produced by
Sofiko Kiknavelidze for White Mirror Film Company
directed by Kirill Sokolov
starring Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde, Michael Gor, Elena Shevchenko, Igor Grabuzov, Aleksandr Domogarov, Ilya Gavrilenkov, Vasiliy Kopeikin, Ilya Kostyukov
written by Kirill Sokolov

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Young Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) pays a visit to Andrey (Vitaliy Khaev) with the express intent to beat his head in with a hammer ... and why would he want to do this? Because Andrey is the father of Matvey's girlfriend Olya (Evgeniya Kregzhde), who has raped her at the tender age of 12. Now Andrey's also a hardened cop of course who's not easily overcome by such a youngster and who has plenty of weaponry in his house. And Matvey isn't much of a fighter, really, but he's tough to kill. And while Andrey tries to kill Matvey, they somehow stumble over a bag full of money Andrey thinks Matvey wants to steal. It really gets complicated though once Matvey tells Andrey why he wants to kill him, and Andrey believably denies ever having touched his daughter. And then he calls Olya and she denies even knowing Matvey. Which convinces Andrey Matvey is telling the truth as his story is much too feeble as a lie. But Andrey, who has tortured the hell out of Matvey, and Matvey now knowing about the money, has to kill Matvey still, because the money ... well, this is where Yevgenich (Michael Gor), Andrey's partner on the force, knocks. Thing is, the money comes from the two of them blackmailing a rich couple, but then Andrey cheated Yevgenich out of the money. So things are slowly building up to utter chaos, which is only accelerated when Olya returns home as well, and Andrey's wife (Elena Shevchenko) commits suicide. And the longer this goes on the less likely it gets that anyone will leave the apartment alive ...

 

If laughing about ultra-violence is not your thing, this is not your movie - but if it is, you'll be richly rewarded with Why Don't You Just Die!, as this film offers brutal action almost nonstop, but in such an over-the-top way one can't really take it seriously anymore, and carried by an (intentionally) far-fetched and convoluted story that's pretty much deemed to make you chuckle almost by definition. And the direction most certainly pushes everything to full effect, using pretty much every trick in the book doing so, and is helped by a really solid cast.

Well worth a watch for sure!

 

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