The movie tells a story of three provincial girls who come to Moscow in the late 1950s. The main character, Katerina, strives to earn her degree and also works hard at a factory. She house-sits a luxurious apartment for Moscow relatives for awhile, and the other girl Lyudmila convinces her to pretend that they live there as daughters of a rich professor in order to pick up wealthy Moscow men.
At a party thrown by Lyudmila in the apartment, Katerina meets Rudolf who works for a television channel. Rudolf seduces Katerina resulting in her pregnancy. Eventually he finds out that Katerina is in fact a factory worker and leaves her alone with a baby.
Twenty years later Katerina is still not married, but she became the director of the factory. She has a lover, an older married man, but she still feels that something is missing in her life.
One evening Katerina is returning home by train from her friend’s country house and meets Gosha, her true love. Soon after they start seeing each other Gosha learns that Katerina is a factory director. Being a man that can’t let a woman be on top of him in any way, Gosha gets upset and leaves. It takes time and tears to find and return Gosha back.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears has won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.
One of the best Russian movies.
Directed by: Vladimir Menshov
Starring: Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyeva