The Kiss
The Kiss

The Kiss

Director Roman Balayan

Production year 1983

Length 63min.

Country Ukraine


One of Roman Balayan’s best films is the screen version of Anton Chekhov's story The Kiss. The plot of The Kiss is very simple. Artillery brigade stays for the night in a small village. The officers are invited to evening tea by the local landlord, retired Major - General Rabbek. During the tea ceremony (other landlords with wives and daughters came to visit Rabbek too) Lieutenant Ryabovich, who gets lost in the darkness of the old house rooms, is suddenly kissed by a strange woman. If it were not Ryabovich, but someone less romantic, more sensible, he would've considered it a nice adventure and then would have told about it to his friends, would've behaved as a true winner, but for Ryabovich this mysterious episode, though remaining only reminiscence, becomes an event revealing the lack of caress, love, happiness.


Roman Balayan
Roman Balayan



Roman Balayan

Director of Photography

Vilen Kalyuta

Production designer

Sergei Khotimsky

Music by

Vadim Khrapachyov


Zoya Kapistinskaya


Yelena Lukashenko


Oleg Yankovskiy, Aleksandr Abdulov , Oleg Menshikov, Sokrat Abdukadirov, Oleg Tabakov, Aleksandr Vokach, Irina Alfyorova, Yevgenia Khanayeva, Aleksandr Adabashyan

Production company(ies)

Dovzhenko Film Studio

Roman Balayan

Born 1941, Nerkin Horatagh, Nagorno-Karabakh. A graduate of the Cinema School of the Kyiv State Theatre Institute with a diploma of a film director in 1969, Balayan has since been living and working in Kyiv and Moscow as a film director, scriptwriter and producer.


Thief (1969), Anatole Petritskiy (1970), The Romashkin Effect (1973), Kashtanka (1975), Lone Wolf (1977), Flights in Dreams and in Reality (1982), The Kiss (1983), Guard Me, My Talisman (1987), The Spy (1987), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (1990), The First Love (1995), Two Moons, Three Suns (1998), A Night in the Parajanov Museum (1998), The Night Is Bright (2004), Birds of Paradise (2008)

FILMS 2011