This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.
Written by Valentin Chernykh and Vladimir Menshov, in Russian - which means you'll have to read English subtitles for this Russian made Academy Award winning film from 1980.
Filled with gentle moments of life in the Soviet Union the film fills just about every image you may have of the people the times and the politics surrounding the cold war era. Yet what generally garners images of poverty and hatred when one thinks of the cold war, this film is filled with hope and humor set against loss and tragedy.
Now 40 years old, you won't recognize any of the actors or actresses unless you blindly follow Russian foreign films. But your heart will swell for the grievous moments each of these women face and for their courage and bravery against uncertain times.
I'm always fascinated by stories of the human spirit and Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears does not disappoint. Moscow may not be crying, but my guess is your eyes will tear at the tenderness and honesty of the characters.
When I first saw this film in the Ogden theater on east Colfax in Denver, it didn't matter I was sitting inside a theater - for I was instantly transported into another time and another place as Sergey Nikitin's music filled my senses.
The music is light, tender and plays with your heart strings moment upon moment. Though you may not leave the theater humming a memorable tune, you will leave this movie with a change of heart for your fellow man (or woman) and a confidence that though you may feel as though life has treated you unfairly, hope is achievable and maybe lying just around the next corner.