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"Yuri & Yana" is a 2015 Russian hand-drawn contemporary fantasy drama film directed by Igor Kalashnik. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Yuri & Yana has an approval rating of 98% based on 170 reviews and an average rating of 8.9/10. This film became a box office success in some countries of Europe. The story is about a Russkiy Toy who can foretell future events and falls in love. The film was rated PG-13 for brief nudity, thematic elements and some disturbing images.

Plot

In a small town called Saratov, a small girl named Polina who's parents had died from a smoke inhalation during a wildfire in their cabin and have been left orphaned. She was eventually raised by her grandparents and adopted a Russkiy Toy named Yana. A year later, Polina was left with no friends and her grandparents forbids her from going into the lake during winter. Sometime later, Polina gets hypothermia after falling into the cold lake by accident. Soon, Polina was diagnosed with influenza with and was hospitalized. The pediatrician Dr. Yablonsky confirms that the illness is just another complication that can lead to death.

Yana sleeps on the bed without Polina, as her grandparents tries to converge enough money to buy medicine. The next morning, Yana runs out the door and finds out that Polina might "go to sleep forever". Saddened, Yana falls asleep into a pile of snow.

Cast

Character Russian English
Yana Viktoriya Isakova Michelle Pfeiffer
Yuri Danila Kozlovskiy Nicolas Cage
Little Polina Ekaterina Starshova Ariel Winter
Madame Dominika Renata Litvinova Lily Tomlin
Dr. Yablonsky Sergei Puskepalis William Hurt
Mrs. Popov Mariya Shalayeva Annette Bening
Ratimir Dmitry Pevtsov Greg Kinnear
Agafa Svetlana Ivanova Felicity Huffman
Babushka Anjelica Huston Shirley MacLaine
Dedushka Sergei Garmash Dustin Hoffman

Critical Reception

Yuri & Yana received acclaim from critics. The film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 98% of critics have given the film a "fresh" rating, based on 170 reviews with an average score of 8.9/10; the general consensus states: "Extraordinary and visually charming, this movie offers old-fashioned delights for animation lovers of all ages."

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