The film “Kin-Dza-Dza!”, which many did not understand when it was shown in 1986, today tends to be called a masterpiece of social cyberpunk. In general, the film was supposed to be released under the name “Star (or Space) Dust”, but it came out with a name incomprehensible to the viewer. At first glance, the name is not very suitable for the plot and concept. But one cannot but agree with how strongly this picture stands out from the general mass precisely by its name.
Literally from the very beginning of acquaintance with this film, a certain incomprehensibility of what is happening begins to envelop. Sometimes it seems that directors make films of such high quality that they don’t even realize how much they put very deep philosophical and social questions, scenes, images and dialogues. And perhaps the viewer sometimes in the film can see something that the director, actors or screenwriters did not see. This happens for various reasons. For example, one or another tape can be so relevant that its entirety can be revealed only with time. Since cinema is always a creative process, especially if it is well saturated with the sauce of futurism and sociology, then some moments during filming can be completely improvisational, sudden. And what was planned by the film crew in advance sometimes does not get into the camera at all. So to speak, His Majesty chance intervenes in the creative process.
Even the actors themselves, as they say, did not understand what the film was about. What to say about the ordinary viewer? Many frankly did not like this film and they considered it freaky and stupid, nothing more. But if you understand the meaning of the film, then you can get aesthetic pleasure from the atmosphere of “Kin-Dza-Dza!”.
What is the chance that you will leave the house for bread and pasta and find yourself on another planet? Not great. Even negligibly small, but still there. “Kin-Dza-Dza!” takes us instantly, without unnecessary special effects, into the wonderful world of high technology, social decline and poverty. Plyuk, the planet where the heroes ended up, meets them with a desert that personifies not only external desolation, but also internal social decline. Desert of human relationships. The first people who got in the way of the heroes deceived them. And this is repeated far more than once throughout the story. Everything is shown so openly that this is what is confusing.
Lack of natural water and vegetation, old torn clothes, a total decline in culture and morals, and purely primitive entertainment. All this borders on an incredible development of technology, where in order to cut a huge pipe, complex devices are not needed. Ships are able to jump anywhere in the galaxy in 5 seconds. The inhabitants of the planet Plyuk are more developed than earthlings: they are able to read minds and learn any language in a couple of minutes. However, all this does not save them from the chaos in which they are. But this is not the worst. It’s scary that they don’t realize it. In them, everything around them does not cause surprise or disgust. Etselops regularly collect tribute from anyone they want. And in order to emphasize the status, one does not necessarily need the latest Mercedes brand or a new iPhone. Enough to have red pants.
In addition to the external global social background, the film also reveals the internal qualities of the characters and transforms their personalities. The transformation is slow, unlike modern superhero stories, and therefore less noticeable. One of the main characters, Vladimir Nikolaevich, is a completely Soviet person with the same Soviet views and ideology. This is well seen in the beginning. Once on another planet, they think what kind of desert they are in. And Violinist names the deserts of the planet Earth, but not the USSR. Vladimir Nikolayevich meant exactly on the territory of the USSR. Do you feel this subtle moment of difference between the psychology of thinking of these two people? One is older, the other is young.
The laws of the local fauna over time knock down the habitual attitudes of a citizen of the USSR and make him more flexible. It is no longer possible to make a breakthrough, proving one’s importance, deny belonging to local social groups and refuse to put a bell on one’s nose, etc. In such ways, a person changes you and his views on life and the rules by which people around him, entire states and even worlds live. What sometimes seems completely unshakable turns out to be nothing more than just a patterned habit. The character is more and more immersed in the surrounding reality and accepts its rules, but the main internal qualities remain the same (truthfulness, nobility, friendliness, determination).
Changes are also visible in other other characters of local tailoring – Uef and Bee. Of the completely ordinary, mercantile representatives of Plyuk, who did not disdain deceit or betrayal for their own benefit, at the end of the film they decide to help Uncle Vova and Violinist return home. For which they could be turned into a plant. Such sacrifice is completely uncharacteristic of plyukants.
The Plukan government lives on another planet and cannot be reached. He does not care about the people, the Overseer is busy only with his own entertainment. The division of Plyukans into chatlans and patsaks is a reference to rabid racism. Draw an analogy with modern life.
In “Kin-Dza-Dza!” money as such is ridiculed. On Pluka, pieces of tin can acted as money. This suggests that they have no real significance for people. But the energy that matches express in their own way is a completely different matter. You can be insanely rich and not know it. Literally, carry gold in your pocket. Matches symbolize not only energy, but also the knowledge of how to use it. Knowledge is power! It was knowledge, information that Uncle Vova wore in his pants. That’s what matters, apparently, in the entire universe.
The 1986 film paints a picture of our future without unnecessary embellishment, exposing everything in a more real way. “Kin-Dza-Dza!” is a reflection of the future to which we have every chance to come.