(Alexei Balabanov, 1997).
A young man comes to the big city and becomes a professional killer. Less case history than cautionary folktale, this tough, mordantly comic—and in Russia very popular movie—is a two-fisted travelogue through a vast thieves market of the new St. Petersburg. Neither arty nor crass, Brother manages to be both commercial and a comment on commercialism. It’s not only a highly entertaining genre film but a political statement as well—imagining, even as it warns against, the strong man’s return.

Fri., May 22, 9:15 p.m.; Sun., May 24, 6:30 p.m., 2009