Right to Hope, The

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Type: film
Genre: melodrama
Year of production: 2008
Duration: 90 minutes
Directed by: Taras Tkachenko
Written by: Elena Palomyaki
Production designer: Evgenia Lisetskaya
Directors of photography: Bogdan Verzhbitskiy, Artem Vasil'ev
Music by: Yuriy Saenko
Producers: Vlad Riashyn , Aleksey Goncharenko
Premiere: 01/03/2009 (Ukraine)
Cast: Dmitriy Surzhykov, Svetlana Ryabova, Anna Tambova-Vetrova, Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov
18-year old Kristina meets postgraduate student, Ivan, at a friend’s party where after too many drinks, he spends the night at her house.  In the morning, Ivan meets Kristina’s mother, Nadezhda to whom he is immediately attracted and, although he takes Kristina out a couple more times, it is clear that Ivan’s feelings lie with her mother, and the attraction is mutual.

Gradually, the relationship between 23-year old Ivan and 40-year old Nadezhda begins to develop.  However, it is met with great opposition from Ivan’s mother, who does not approve of the age difference and Kristina, who is extremely hurt.  When Ivan announces that he is going to move in with Nadezhda, Kristina gives her mother an ultimatum - she must choose between her daughter and her lover.  Reluctantly, Nadezhda ends her relationship with Ivan, however, the decision breaks her heart and sinks her into a deep depression.  Seeing her mother suffer makes Kristina feel guilty and, after much soul-searching, she forgives her mother and gives the couple her blessing.