Anatomy series: Anna Mikhalkov, Yevgeny Tsyganov and Daria Moroz in the TV series “Red bracelets”

Anna Mikhalkova. Frame from the series “Red bracelets”

In early August on the First channel of the long-awaited premiere of “Red band society” — the Spanish adaptation of the hit children who were forced to be in a hospital. Each of them has their diagnosis, but they all share friendship. This is an optimistic look at a difficult topic from the screenwriter of “Arrhythmia” Natalia Mishaninoj. The series was filmed in 2015, but only now appeared on the air. SPLETNIK.RU explains why it was worth waiting for him for so many years.


To remove the hospitals in Russia it is not accepted, especially on the children’s ward. But “Red bracelets” successfully manages to break the doubts of the audience. The young heroes look convincing, and the main message of the series does not force instinctively turn away from the screen trying to avoid collision with the seriousness of their diseases.

The feeling of unreality is present for all series, even the hospital, in which reside the characters, looks more like a large cruise ship on the sea than as the building of the medical institution. But the main thing here is that this is a story about children who want to be loved and protected, especially in a situation when death is this close to him. That’s why they team up together to cope with common human fear of abandonment.

Azamat Aliev, Philip Ershov, Gleb Kalyuzhny, Kuzma Kotrelev, Beyonce Miloslavskaya, Denis Paramonov

The plot

Oleg already two years is in the hospital, he underwent ten cycles of chemotherapy: he had cancer of the tibia, which had to amputate the leg. Once he was in the house gave the new boy Dima, who should carry out the same operation. They quickly find a common language and decide to assemble a team of “Red band society” of six people: two leaders, a beautiful, irreplaceable, intelligent, and, of course, a girl.

So they get acquainted with Christina, suffering from anorexia, Elijah, whose heart problems, Anton, who received a broken leg in a car accident, and with him four months in coma. Together, they overcome the fear of upcoming tests and give each other the support that you can not get from adults.

Parents seem much more childish compared to teenagers who are in a difficult position. Some of them get wrapped up in work, so as not to take into account the diagnoses of their children, and some, conversely, begin to re-build the relationship with your own child, who could not communicate.

Stepan Devonin and Olga Sutulova. Frame from the series “Red bracelets”


The series was filmed in 2014, when many of those who played a major role, was just beginning a career. So, Beyonce Miloslavskaya at the time of filming was a first-year student of the School-Studio of MKHAT, Gleb Kalyuzhny has just finished shooting the film “14+,” where he played his first role, and Kuzma kotrelev was a student at theatre College of Oleg Tabakova and not yet debuted on the stage of the Moscow art theatre them. Chekhov. Now they are in demand in the profession, and each of them ahead of a lot of new projects.

However, many of the adult actors too, not yet overtaken by the glory. For example, Stepan Devonin plays resident who communicates with the boys on equal terms. This year, the actor received the “Kinotavr” festival award for best actor in the film, his wife Natalia Mishaninoj the heart of the world. Also in a cameo role of the opponent of the leader of the “Red band” appears Alexander Kuznetsov, who can be seen in the films “Summer” by Kirill Serebrennikov and “Acid” Alexander Gorchilin.

In the cast also included Yevgeny Tsyganov, he plays looped on your work man, with the coldness that hides contradictory paternal feelings. Instead, the hospital spends time stepmother Elias, played by favorite actress by Ivan Vyrypaev — Karolina gruszka. Anna Mikhalkov stars as chief of surgery Oncology Department. And Maria Shalaeva, Daria Moroz, Madeleine Dzhabrailov and Olga Sutulova embody the images of those parents that surround the children during this difficult time.

Anna Mikhalkov, Stepan Devonin. Frame from the series “Red bracelets”

The creators

A graduate of the school of documentary films of Marina Razbezhkina Natalia meshchaniniv been around for ages in those who are at least a little interested in modern Russian cinema. In 2010, she worked as second Director on the set of the TV series Valeria Gai Germanika “School”. In 2014, her debut feature film Kombinat Nadezhda” received a lot of positive ratings from critics at “Kinotavr”, and the press spoke about a new wave of women’s film. Meshaninov put in one row with the Nigina Sayfullaeva and Anna Melikyan as a major hope in the industry.

In the documentary, her works can be traced very clearly, plots and characters, which it presents to the viewer, always close to life and full of melancholic realism. Perhaps that is why many of those who see “Arrhythmia” to the end, immediately began to develop a discussion on how would have done in place of the heroine Irina Gorbacheva. But talking the talk of hatred, but real life is always more severe than any fiction.

Special style Meshaninov, coupled with the directorial talent of Boris Khlebnikov, has once again proved that contemporary Russian cinema exists. I wonder what the story on the theme of health appeared before the story about the life of a paramedic. The emphasis shifted from adults to children, but all the action revolves around the hospital, which somehow appears in every person’s life.

On “Red band society” meshchaniniv worked with screenwriter of the film “Combine “Hope” Love Mulmenko (in the series she in addition has played a vivid role of the second plan), and they this story was not as easy as it may seem. Natalia at the time of writing the script was pregnant and literally forced myself to work on. As she herself admitted, she was scared of the fact that such could happen to her own child. But despite such sentiments, the story was vivid and life-affirming.

Stasia Miloslavskaya and Philip Ershov. Frame from the series “Red bracelets”


The original Spanish series appeared in 2011 and in two seasons became a hit. The rights to adapt instantly bought for production in the US and in Germany. By the way, in the American version the role of the nurse helping children who performed the Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer. But the Russian version has required a long negotiation with the copyright, but in the end, the producers managed to get this story into your own hands.

“Red band society” meshchaniniv and Mulmenko tried to create artificial events. Apart from the fact that the viewer doesn’t understand where exactly the action is, he also can not logically explain some aspects of the story. So, he, who lies in a coma, it turns out, resides in the space of the pool, where the accident happened. Those who are under anesthesia during the operation fall into the pool, where you can talk to him until you regain consciousness.

In addition, one of the team “bracelets”, Anton, has a kind of superpower and can communicate with the boy, when with him in the same room. This feature of the plot more characteristic of fairy tales than to realistic stories, not just helps out the guys in different situations, but until the very end finds no justification, just noting again that the heroes are first and foremost children.

Frame from the series “Red bracelets”


Sergei Sychev, “IMDb”to Break away from children’s games is impossible, despite the grim background of chemotherapy, amputations and other medical details. Meshchaniniv as Wagner, stretches moments of everyday life to the planetary scale. In the shadow of a probable imminent death any worldly nonsense and perceived sharper, and looks more significantly (remember how deftly used a similar circumstances Tverdovsky “Class of correction”). Because the Russian “Bracelets” is a real tragedy in which each of the characters literally sacrifice some part of their body or body for dramatic inner transformation, the rapid maturation. This is the most interesting, unusual and groundbreaking show, which in recent years have proposed to the Russian airwaves to his audience of millions. Although, perhaps, the most terrible.

Alexey Filippov, “a Movie”

On the one hand, the miracle did not happen: the series is licensed at the DNA level is doomed to turn into the worst of the Patriotic amusements — “do it”. The point, however, is not a desire to answer Catalan Chamberlain, are these industrial rules of the game: just “Red bracelets” has adapted at least for the USA, Germany and Italy. However, the Russian version of the threshold compromises the brand’s television unreality, in other words, a phony. The hospital was shot in a modern complex “Lightning Yamal” (in 2015 — “Gazprom Yamal”!), high concentrations of pleasant and understanding of the characters is reminiscent of the plague under the label of “good movie”, which is a Ghost of morality without a head, haunts the greater part more or less titleareadialog domestic scenes.Poster of the TV series “Red bracelets”

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