The meaning of the movie The Expropriator 2019

In August 2019, the First Channel of the Republic of Tatarstan hosted the premiere of the serial film “The Expropriator”.

What is the movie “The Expropriator” about?

In short, what the film is about is about the fate of a person. This is the story of a good man who was forced by external circumstances to live a life alien to him. This man’s name is Yurka Alekseev, who later became a thief in law named Baron. Events unfold in two time plans: in the present, which refers to 1962, and in the memories of the protagonist, starting in May 1941. The pictures of the past that pop up in the mind of the Baron show the impact of long-standing affairs on today’s life.

Yurka immediately became a baron, in 1944, in Kresty. And before that…

Yurka is the eldest son in a friendly Leningrad family. He is 13 years old. He touchingly takes care of his six-year-old sister Olya. Parents and grandmother have no problems with him. He is a well-mannered, cultured teenager, honest and fair. And suddenly, the quiet life of the family ends. In May 1941, the father of a teenager dies in the dungeons of the NKVD. Soon Yurka’s mother dies at the hands of a Chekist. These misfortunes fell upon the family because of their relationship with Stepan Kazimirovich Gil, Lenin’s personal chauffeur. The NKVD officers became aware of Gil’s memories. There was a suspicion that they contain information discrediting the authorities. The hunt for notebooks has begun. And soon the war began.

In the first blockade winter, my grandmother dies. The younger sister Olya manages to be sent to the mainland. Yurka finds himself in a partisan detachment with a student card in the name of Vasily Loshchinin. This boy and his grandfather and grandmother were killed by the petty thief Geik at the instigation of the villain Martsevich, who created his collection of antiques during the blockade. Yurka and Geika left Leningrad together, but Geika was blown up by a mine. Yura took out a pistol and a student card from the pocket of a dead comrade. So he became Vaska Loshchinin.

Under this name, he fought in a partisan detachment, and after the lifting of the blockade – in the army. In the detachment, he meets with the Chekist Kudryavtsev, who played an evil role in the fate of the family. They had a frank male conversation, after which they parted almost as friends.

In the summer of 1944, due to a fatal set of circumstances, Yura was arrested. He was identified as Yuri Alekseev, the son of an enemy of the people, and accused of killing the Loshchinin family. It was not by chance that the thief in law Chibis met him in a prison cell. He did this at the request of the investigator, who knew the Alekseev family from the pre-war Gil case. The investigator feared that the uncompromising Yurka would not last long in the zone. Chibis agreed to help. It was he who gave Yurka the “drive” Baron. He also advised Yurka to keep quiet about his military past. Thus began the era of the Baron.

And here is 1962. The Baron is looking for his sister Olya, who disappeared during the war. These searches are taking place against the backdrop of two large thefts and a hunt for the Baron by the Leningrad and Moscow police. Kudryavtsev, by that time a KGB general, joins the case. He wants to help Yuri escape from the criminal circle and start a new life.

Meanwhile, the search brings the Baron to the town of Galich, where he meets the woman of his dreams, Ira. He also learns that Olya lives in the city of Kirov. They meet, but Yura does not reveal to his sister who he is. Belonging to the underworld does not allow him to do this.

General Kudryavtsev detains the Baron and invites him to come with a confession in order to break with the past once and for all. Yura allegedly agrees, but commits a new crime and gets another term. Kudryavtsev visits the Baron in the zone and reports the death of Ira, who froze to death during a snowstorm on her way to a date with Yura. At his request, Kudryavtsev arranges Olya’s official move to Sweden, where their elderly relative lives.

After the release of the Baron, and this is already 1970, the retired by that time general organizes Yura’s illegal move to his sister. He does not know what is “under the hood of the organs.” The operatives prepared everything in order to take Kudryavtsev and Baron red-handed. But intuition helped the Baron to feel the danger, at the last moment he leaves the ship, on which he was supposed to go to Sweden.

The meaning of the film “The Expropriator”

The film ends with the fact that, sitting on the shore, the Baron twists his wet clothes and, smiling, looks after the ship leaving for Sweden.

What is this scene talking about? What is the point of the movie’s ending? First of all, I think it’s uncertainty. Like everything in our life, although we make plans and hope for their execution. And this is the second point – hope. And uncertainty and hope are held together by optimism. This is evidenced by the smile of our hero.

And the next day after watching the last, sixteenth, series, you ask yourself the question: what is the point of this film? The first thing that comes to mind is freedom of choice. What determines our choice? How is it affected by external conditions? Is it enough to have a strong character to go against public opinion, against official propaganda? Is there any freedom of choice at all? Our hero only once said that it would be better if he did not kill Bityug, protecting his life, but would let the crowd deal with him.

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