The Sentimental Policeman

(Chuvstvitelnyy militsioner)

  • Introduction

    Stanislav Menzelevskyi is the head of the Research and Programming Department at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center and is currently a PhD student at the Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington.

The most under-appreciated of Muratova’s films.

Rotterdam Film Festival

Nikolai Shatokhin, Irina Kovalenko, Natalya Ralleva, Yuriy Shlykov,

A kindly policeman throws his life into chaos after finding an abandoned baby in Kira Muratova’s self-described “fairy tale,” a winning combination of Chaplinesque comedy and Kafkaesque satire that’s one of her most accessible films. A silent film–inspired beginning launches audiences into this surprisingly warm story (“like a photo from a shop-window in an Odessa photo studio,” Muratova wrote) of the Keaton-faced policeman, his wife, and the baby they want to keep, though all manner of arguing Odessians, barking dogs, overzealous orphanage handlers, and inept bureaucrats stand in the way. Look for an adoption conversation on the Odessa Steps, site of Battleship Potemkin’s famous baby carriage scene.

Jason Sanders
  • Kira Muratova
  • Evgeny Golubenko
  • Gennady Karyuk
  • Russian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 115 mins
  • Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center
  • Firma Buduschee