The Letter (Письмо, 2013) by Pyotr Zakrevskiy

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The Letter
Письмо
Pismo (ru)
Kiri (et)

Year 2013
Director(s) Zakrevskiy Pyotr
Studio(s) A-Film
Language(s) German
Russian
Genre(s) Domestic life
Romance
Serious
Surrealism/dream-logic
Animation Type(s)  Digital 2D
Mixed
Paint
Length 00:13:00
Wordiness 8.21
Animator.ru profile Ru, En
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They met in the park in the summer. And they fell in love with each other. There were hopes, meeting the parents. But he left. And she began to wait.

Screenplay by Valentin Olshvang.

In the Soviet university system, graduates who were not able to arrange their own employment after graduation were assigned a job by the state for a period of two years (after which they could stay on, or look for other work). These jobs would often be somewhere far away from where they lived, which is the situation in this film (Samarkand is a city in Uzbekistan, Central Asia).

 

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1.Admin

This is the first time I've seen this film and I really love it. It is so beautifully done and captures the atmosphere of my youth so accurately.

Eus's initial description of this film included his opinion that this story speaks of how in the USSR and Russia...
>The need of the collective come before the individual.
>In the west the idea always is it's supposed to be the other way around.
...because a couple is split up when the man is sent somewhere far away for his job.

But I don't see it that way, because this wasn't a uniquely Soviet phenomenon - in the "West", the need for money often leads to the same situation. E.g. see Nina Paley's brilliant film Sita Sings the Blues. I think the general story is probably pretty relatable from many cultures, but this film really accurately captures an example of it from this particular time and place.

In the Soviet university system, those graduates who failed to find a position on their own were assigned one by the state for two years, and could be sent far away from home. But this wasn't something that happened to everyone, or even a majority of people in a class (in my mother's class, it was only a few). Nor would you be forcibly sent somewhere that would split you from a spouse (in this film, the couple weren't yet married).

On the other hand, graduates of the Western post-secondary education system often find out too late that positions in their field are only actually available for a small percentage of graduates. And then... well, you have the "choice" of being under-employed and poor, going back for another degree (hopefully the "right" one this time), or moving somewhere far away...


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2.Eus347

First in general: People seldom end up in life where they think they will end up, or have panned to end up..
But the difference is this: In the US ( and I think that goes to for the canada where you live, altough I am not sure) You choose the education you want, but either your parents pay for it, or if you excell or come from some kind of minority where there is a fund for. And even those in general come from some sort of personal initiative. Al issues later come fromhaving made the wrong choice, like there is not enough work, or personal greed ( More money can be made in...( different side of the country or different profession) It's all based on personal initiative, personal .choices,personal readjustments. In the spoviet Union the state pays for the education,. and expects something in return. If you don't find a job yourself in the profession we educated you for, we'll appoint you to one according to our ( The state's) needs. Europe takes a middle position. You can choose the education you want, the stat will pay for it, but there timelimits for finishing it, and you end up whith a debt, because the eductation finance system is based on loans ( Allthough on a very soft terms. In thinking on the charaker of the Russian soul and the way it workss I based mijself on "Russian Spirituality and other essays"by Valentin Tomberg, that he wrote mostly in 1930, 1931. A Russian from St. Petersburg from Estonian Descent, that fled Russian in 1919. I have it as e book, so I can send it to anyone who wants.


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3.Cynir

This policy actually has its roots in colonialism, which is called as "to send on secondment/temporary assignment ; to attach ; to detach ; to second" (Chinese : 別派, Vietnamese : Biệt phái, "special" + "appoint / transfer / mobilize"). This policy was very popular in my country from the time of French protection until the 1980s.

Simply because, at that time, students did not have to pay tuition, even food was distributed through stamps, so students were also a type of civil servant and had to be controlled by the government. However, since the early 1990s, with the exception of pedagogy, all other levels and majors have had to pay tuition, and it has gradually increased each year. Therefore, this policy is no longer applied, but switched to a voluntary principle, meaning that anyone who applies to work in especially difficult areas will receive financial support. Although, let's take a look at these images : Touched by the image of the female teacher falling down and covered in mud on the way to the village.

I still highly appreciate this policy if it continues to be applied. In reality, young persons are always full of energy, but they often waste it on meaningless actions, even pretending to do charity to destroy the environment. As in my country, for more than a decade now, students from high-income families have often sought to polish their resumes to qualify to study abroad. As we all know, they participate in many activities, but did not contribute anything. The benefit of this policy is to guide young people to be noble, to control themselves to work usefully for the community. Moreover, it is an important catalyst to change customs in areas that are too backward.

Right now, we can compare the former Soviet Central Asian countries with Afghanistan. In the past, Afghanistan was the birthplace of many emperors, and could even be considered the origin of many Asian civilizations, but today they are mired in poverty, ignorance, and anti-civilization. Meanwhile, the five Central Asian countries have a very late history, but today all have very high human development indexes, relatively prosperous economies, and sports always rank very strongly throughout Asia. Thus, no matter what political measures the Soviet Union used, at least it had a very good impact on most of Central Asia. However, the place considered the "homeland" of Central Asian civilization is self-destructing.


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4.Admin

>>2
>Al issues later come fromhaving made the wrong choice, like there is not enough work, or personal greed ( More money can be made in...( different side of the country or different profession)
>It's all based on personal initiative, personal .choices,personal readjustments.
Yes, the counterpoint would be:
>>3
>In reality, young persons are always full of energy, but they often waste it on meaningless actions

The North American social and economic system is very complicated, and it places a lot of responsibility on young people to understand where and how they should apply themselves. They need to both focus on their education, and also on avoiding traps.

If you're smart academically but neglect the latter, you won't make it.

But for that matter, the man in this film could've expended more effort into finding a position for himself after graduation. Or married the young lady. It's not like he had entirely no choice.

>In the spoviet Union the state pays for the education,. and expects something in return.
People got to choose where they wanted to go, but had to have certain grades and pass an exam to get in. If they didn't, they had to go elsewhere. Basically the same thing exists in the West for the best universities. Except that the students also usually have to pay tuition. As for being forced to work somewhere for a period afterwards, some "free" coding bootcamps do the same.

>In thinking on the charaker of the Russian soul and the way it workss I based mijself on "Russian Spirituality and other essays"by Valentin Tomberg, that he wrote mostly in 1930, 1931. A Russian from St. Petersburg from Estonian Descent, that fled Russian in 1919. I have it as e book, so I can send it to anyone who wants.
Thanks, I found it; I'll try to take a look. Although I'm not sure I'll have enough time - I'm in such a rush these days...


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