The State Counsellor

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  • 2005
  • 2 hr 14 min
  • 7.0  (3,191)

The State Counsellor is a 2005 Russian historical thriller film directed by Filipp Yankovsky and starring Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, and Konstantin Khabenskiy. The movie is based on the novel “The State Counsellor” by Boris Akunin and belongs to the genre of detective stories. The plot is set in the 19th century when Russia is ruled by Tsar Nicholas I. The main character is Fandorin, a young and ambitious state counsellor who is given the task of investigating the murder of Prince Myshkin, a member of the royal family. The case appears to be straightforward at first as the prince's lover, an aspiring actress, and her lover, a military officer, have already been caught and convicted of the crime. However, as Fandorin delves deeper into the investigation, he realizes that things are not as they seem. There are several more suspects and a complex web of motivations that lead Fandorin to question the guilty verdict.

As the story unfolds, Fandorin comes across a secret society that seeks to destabilize the ruling regime and overthrow the Tsar. He also encounters members of the royal family who have their own agendas and will go to great lengths to protect their interests. Fandorin's skill at solving the crime is matched by his ability to navigate the treacherous waters of the Russian court and stay alive while pursuing the truth.

The acting is superb, especially by Oleg Menshikov, who convincingly portrays the intelligent and enigmatic Fandorin. Nikita Mikhalkov, who plays the Tsar, brings a regal presence to the screen and provides a foil to Fandorin's cunning. Konstantin Khabenskiy delivers a standout performance as the young and brash police inspector.

The movie is visually stunning, with lavish sets, costumes, and cinematography that evoke the opulence and grandeur of 19th-century Russia. The attention to detail is impressive, and the movie provides a window into the intricate social hierarchies and customs of the time.

The State Counsellor features a gripping plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. The director manages to create a sense of tension and intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The twists and turns of the plot are expertly executed, and the pacing is just right, with enough action and suspense to maintain interest throughout.

Overall, The State Counsellor is a must-watch for fans of historical dramas and detective stories. It offers a glimpse into a fascinating era in Russian history and features a cast of talented actors who bring the story to life. Whether you are familiar with the novel or are new to the story, this movie is sure to entertain and captivate you.

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    2 hr 14 min
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    7.0  (3,191)