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Birthday Girl (2001)

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A thirtysomething bank clerk from St Albans has his small-town life exploded by the arrival of his Russian mail-order bride.

Director:

Jez Butterworth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Sophia, alias Nadia
Ben Chaplin ... John
Vincent Cassel ... Alexei
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Yuri
Kate Lynn Evans Kate Lynn Evans ... Clare (as Kate Evans)
Stephen Mangan ... Bank Manager
Alexander Armstrong ... Robert Moseley (as Xander Armstrong)
Sally Phillips ... Karen
Jo McInnes Jo McInnes ... Waitress
Ben Miller ... Concierge
Jonathan Aris ... D.I. O'Fetiger
Katya Barton-Chapple Katya Barton-Chapple ... Young Sophia
Rebecca Norton Rebecca Norton ... Bank Colleague (as Rebecca Clarke)
Mark Gatiss ... Porter
Raj Ghatak ... Bank Colleague
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Storyline

Internet love connections and mail-order brides rarely ever work out, and John should have known. Having never been lucky in the game of love and tired of waiting for the perfect woman to come along, John decides to take his chances and orders a mail-order bride from Russia online. At first, things seem perfect: his new bride Nadia is a gorgeous woman, and although she may not speak much English, her skills in the bedroom more than make up for any communication problems. When Nadia's 'cousins' unexpectedly arrive to celebrate her birthday, John is drawn into their web of corruption and crime. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Before They Share A Future, They Have To Survive Her Past. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After this film, Nicole Kidman recommended director Jez Butterworth to her friend Hugh Jackman. They two of them collaborated on the acclaimed stage play "The River" after Kidman's recommendations. See more »

Goofs

When John knocks out Alexei with the guitar it clearly misses by quite some distance and doesn't break. See more »

Quotes

Nadia: You can't hurt me more than I'm hurt already.
John: Well, Nadia, if it's all the same to you, I'd like to give it a bash.
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Connections

Featured in Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003) See more »

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Pocasna Loza (VIP Lounge)
Composed by Dash
Produced by Dash for Blackout Entertainment
Published by HDS / Zamp
Performed by Sick Rhyme Sayazz featuring Koolade & Dash
Licensed by Menart / Blackout Entertainment
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truly funny, dramatic and awakening all at once
1 August 2002 | by RayRokoSee all my reviews

This movie really woke me up, like it wakes up the main male character of this bravely different movie from his life slumber.

This guy John (Ben Chaplin) leads his mediocre safe life of a bank teller in a small provincial English town, until the stunningly gorgeous, wild, girl-to-die-for Nadia (Nicole Kidman), ordered by email from Russia, enters his life to become his beloved wife, by Johns plan. However a glitch turns up - Nadia does not speak a word of Johns language. Although calm and emotionless on the outside, John becomes so interested in beautiful Nadia that instead of using the full refund policy of the matching service, he buys her a dictionary to start the communication process.

What happens henceforth in the plot really shakes poor John from his slumber of a decently-paid safe-feeling clerk into a decision-making decently thinking action figure, giving the viewer a subliminal message "you would have probably acted likewise".

Kidman, Cassel & Kassovitz make a great team acting Russians and they are almost indistinguishable from the real thing, "almost" only due to the slight accent present in their Russian dialogues, however slight enough to amaze a native Russian by the hard work done to get the words sound right. Nicole Kidman proves her talent once again by playing a character quite different from the previous roles, at least from the cultural background.

The pace of the film is fast and captivating, and you certainly are not ready to quit watching when the end titles appear, you rather feel that you're in the middle of the plot, and are left with a desire to see the sequel as soon as it comes out.

My advice is to go out and get this film immediately and watch it and enjoy. To sum it up, it has an unusual plot, great acting, and ideas below the surface. Like the idea of the "rude awakening" from the artificial safe routine life of a wheel in a Society's machine, the life which members of the Fight Club were so keen to quit and the machine of which Pink Floyd sings ("Welcome to the machine!"). I bet that in the end, John was rather off with Sophia on their way to the unknown than not having met her at all.

Thank you, writers, for the great story, and everyone else for this great movie! Please make a sequel! And you can stage it whereever and name the location whatever, because the authenticity of the place is irrelevant to the 99.9999 percent of the potential viewers, I am sure of it.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birthday Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,370,809, 3 February 2002

Gross USA:

$5,142,576

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,171,098
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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