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''Guest from the Future'' (''Гостья из будущего'') is a 1984 CultClassic Soviet ScienceFiction TV MiniSeries directed by Pavel Arsenov. It is based on the book ''One Hundred Years Ahead'' by Creator/KirBulychev, part of a [[Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture series about Alisa Seleznyova, a girl from the future]].

The series is considered a classic of Soviet sci-fi, and is often aired on television to this day. It exemplifies the optimism the Soviets had for science, technology, and futurism, as well as their faith in children. The film was followed by a sequel, ''Film/LiliacSphere''. The theme song "Prekrasnoye Daleko" (roughly "Fair Unknown") by Music/YevgenyKrylatov has also become very popular. The star, Creator/NataliaGuseva, was inspired by her role in the film to become a scientist herself. The FanSequel GuestFromTheFuture2 may be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXR9r2-9euw here]].

This film has a [[Characters/GuestFromTheFuture character sheet]], a [[YMMV/GuestFromTheFuture YMMV page]], a [[WMG/GuestFromTheFuture WMG page]], and [[TearJerker/GuestFromTheFuture a Tear Jerker page]].

Has a recap page [[Recap/GuestFromTheFuture here]].
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!!Tropes:
* AdaptationDistillation: The plot moves a lot faster, the space pirates are more dangerous, and we get Werther.
* AppliedPhlebotinum
** The Mielofon.
** The time machines.
** The robots.
** The flying cars.
** The portals.
** The inventory chamber.
* AsceticAesthetic
* BavarianFireDrill: Jolly U and Rat tell Albina they are from a psychiatric hospital for dangerous children, and Alisa, the most dangerous person, has escaped. Albina gives them the information they need.
* TheBechdelTest: Passes. Alisa and Yulia, while in the hospital, start by talking about where they are from, and then talk about food. Later on, they talk about Kolya and other boys, but not in a romantic sense, as they are trying to figure out which Kolya is the one who visited the future.
* BigDamnHeroes: The children come to save Kolya from the pirates, Marta Erasovna steps in to defend the children against the pirates, and then Polina appears from the future to arrest the pirates.
* BigHeroicRun: Plenty of running around Moscow.
* BlackBox: The Mielofon, [[http://doseng.org/uploads/posts/1177663495_exodus_mielofon_3d.jpg literally]].
* BlatantLies:
** Jolly U: "We have no right to traumatize an innocent child."
** The man who saw the pirates carry Kolya away lies to the children, but is discovered by Mielofon.
* BrickJoke: Marta Erasovna coming to the old house to look for Alisa, having chased after her for the last two episodes.
* CasualInterstellarTravel
* ChekhovsGun: The Mielofon. It can read the mind of any life form, so Alisa is at first using it on a crocodile at the zoo. Near the end, the children use it to read the mind of the witness and find Kolya in the old house.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: When the schoolchildren are looking for Kolya after he was carried away by the pirates, the eyewitness asks "What if [the pirates] have a right to carry boys?" The children reply, as one, "THERE IS NO SUCH RIGHT!" The pirates' torture of Kolya is played much darker than most of their other deeds.
* ColdBloodedTorture: How the pirates plan to extract the location of the Mielofon from Kolya.
* CompositeCharacter: Werther is a combination of several future characters from the book.
* ComputerVoice: The time machine has a computer that speaks in a flat male voice. "Enter the circle. Grasp the handrails. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. [after trip] Transfer finished. Happy trip!"
* CoolCar: The flying cars.
* CreepyBasement: In the abandoned house.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: The book has the Rat using his shapeshifting for actor work.
* DawsonCasting: Averted.
* DescriptionPorn: The inventory chamber in the Time Institute gives for life forms their species, location, and home era, and for objects their purpose, make, model, producer, and date of production. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bqgJgLyr8Y See here]].
* DogWalksYou: The big dog that chases Jolly U pulls its owner.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Alisa chasing after Kolya.
* DynamicEntry: The pirates crash their flying car into the doors of the Time Institute.
* EncyclopediaExposita: The inventory chamber.
* EverythingSensor: The inventory chamber.
* EvilDetectingDog: Dogs don't like the pirates very much.
* FanSequel: Гостья из будущего-2 (GuestFromTheFuture2), in which [[SheIsAllGrownUp a now-teenaged Alisa]] comes from the future and asks Kolya to help her fight Literature/HarryPotter, who is in fact [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy a robot from the future who came to the beginning of the 21st century to stupefy people]]. They fight Harry Potter, destroy his transmitter, and then [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong fix the world]] by driving a CoolCar TimeMachine that returns things to the way they were in the 1980s. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXR9r2-9euw See it here]].
* FlyingCar
* TheFuture: 2084.
* [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Getting Crap Past The Mielofon]]:
-> "It's some kind of fool who's in love. I don't feel comfortable listening to her."
-> "It's not entertainment; it's business."
-> "And we're not supposed to have satisfaction doing that."
* HeroicSacrifice: Werther.
* HughMann: The pirates' disguises are not perfect.
* {{Joshikousei}}
* JuniorHigh: School 20. It's in fact a ''middle school'', that is, junior and high combined into one continuous school. Standard operating procedure in the (ex-)USSR.
* KansasCityShuffle
* {{Leitmotif}}: Alisa's theme "Prekrasnoe Daleko," the pulsating time-travel music, and the pirates' bumbling theme.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis
* MacGuffin: The Mielofon.
* MediumAwareness: Yulia explains that scientists in the future will name their inventions for the inventions described in science fiction books, showing to Alisa that Kolya Sadovsky is the wrong Kolya.
* MindReading: The power of the Mielofon.
* MoeCouplet: Alisa and Yulia.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal
* MundaneUtility: There are portals that are used for public transit around Moscow, and the time machines are built around similar principles.
* MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual: The Time Institute.
* NewTransferStudent: Yulia's explanation for Alisa's appearance in school.
* NostalgiaFilter: The effects are a bit campy, and the acting is not Bolshoi Theater quality, but it is a fond childhood memory for many.
* NuSpeling: AvertedTrope.
* OneSteveLimit: AvertedTrope. There are three boys named Kolya in class: Kolya Sulima, Kolya Sadovsky, and Kolya Gerasimov. So Alisa and Yulia come up with ThePlan to find the right one.
* ThePlan: Devised by Alisa and Yulia to find the right Kolya.
* PortalNetwork
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PragmaticAdaptation: Several changes have been made to make the plot more concise, cut down the number of characters, or keep the special effects within the limits of the budget.
** Many alien future characters from the book were combined into Werther, who as a biorobot, was easier to film.
** Jolly U and Rat were both StarfishAliens, and only Rat could shapeshift. In the film, both pirates can shapeshift.
** The Mielofon is simplified from a box with headphones and wires to a box with a crystal.
** Alisa escaped the hospital a day after Yulia did, but in the film both escape on the same day.
** The number of scenes of characters arguing has been reduced.
** Kolya's last name was Naumov, but had to be changed to Gerasimov because they hired the actor Ilya Naumov (Fima).
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Alisa tells the children their futures. However, it's ambiguous if she isn't making this up on the spot.
** HarsherInHindsight: given what we [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp do]] [[TheNewRussia know]] about the kids' future... Wonder if any single one of them survives long enough to see it all and meet Alisa again.
* RayGun: Used by the pirates on Werther.
* RaygunGothic: The 2080s, which have energy weapons, space travel, time travel, humanoid robots, flying cars, and the Mielofon. Science and technology are so advanced that schoolchildren regularly launch rockets for projects.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Werther, who has a sense of humor (he suggests putting Kolya in the Time Museum), dedicates poetry to Polina, and performs a YouShallNotPass HeroicSacrifice against the pirates.
* RousseauWasRight
** To the point where every person is more or less TheIdealist except the two antagonists who are alien. There is this great sense of genuine optimism about the whole series. The people making it were not paying lip service, but truly believed in a "beautiful faraway future" in which there is peace, equality, great technological advancement and humanity as a whole took a great step forward. Alisa states that she is not special, all future children are as smart and athletic as her. The series ends on a fantastically optimistic point as Alisa tells her classmates that they will all become great members of a wonderful socialist country, making the finale particularly heartbreaking in hindsight.
* RunningGag:
** Kolya is always touching things.
** Jolly U is obsessed with drinking kefir.
** Rat cannot stop speaking in riddles.
** Alik Borisovich is unable to finish his story about visiting the Sea of Azov.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: The schoolchildren wear orange Pioneer scarves, and Alisa gets one when Yulia gives her a uniform.
* SceneryPorn:
** Kolya's flight over Moscow.
** The Kosmozoo.
* ShapeShifting: The ability of the pirates.
* ShoutOut:
** Alisa recalls ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', except that here it is the boy who falls into the wonderland. Kind of fitting, considering that her name is rendered the same in Russian as that of Lewis Carroll's Alice.
** The time travel sequence looks like the voyage into TheMonolith in ''[[ASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''.
** The time machine in the old house is [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia disguised as a wardrobe]] and doors lead to other places.
** The [[Series/DoctorWho chamber of the time machine]] is white and BiggerOnTheInside.
** Fima worries [[Literature/ASoundOfThunder what will happen]] if Kolya, having seen the future, could create a TemporalParadox.
** Werther is [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy an intelligent but gloomy]] robot who [[Film/BladeRunner cares about people and wants to be more human]].
* SixStudentClique
** The Head: Kolya Gerasimov.
** The Muscle: Kolya Sadovsky.
** The Quirk: Fima Korolev.
** The Pretty One: Albina Fetisova or Lena Dombazova.
** The Smart One: Yulia Gribkova.
** The Wild One: Alisa Selezneva.
* TheSlowPath: Alisa promises the children they will see her in the future.
* SpaceClothes: Jumpsuits, silver and otherwise, as well as smooth, monochrome clothes.
** But several people, such as Pavel and Electron, wear old-fashioned suits.
* SpacePirates
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Alisa or Alice?
** Kolya Sulima or Kolya Sulimov? The captions say Sulimov, but the credits say Sulima.
* TalkingAnimal: Napoleon the goat, attributed to genetic engineering.
* TechnologyPorn
* TerminatorTwosome: Alisa (good) and pirates (evil).
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* ThemeSongAssonance: The opening notes to "Prekrasnoe Daleko" sound like "Alisa Seleznyova, Alisa Seleznyova..."
* TimeTravel
* ToThePain: The pirates threaten this to Kolya.
* TotallyRadical: Averted. The children speak pretty much like any kids who are 12 or 13.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: AvertedTrope. The plot starts off very quickly, and the scenes of characters arguing have been cut down from the book. See PragmaticAdaptation above.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The pirates.
* WallCrawl: Jolly U climbs the walls of an apartment building to get away from a dog.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The pirates suggest this to Kolya.
* WhereAreTheyNow: The actors.
** NataliaGuseva (Alisa) acted in a few more films, but later became a scientist and had a daughter named Alesya.
** Creator/AlexeiFomkin (Kolya) acted in some movies and theater, but [[TearJerker died when his apartment burned]].
** Maria Ionesyan (Yulia) studied philosophy and emigrated to the USA, where she is now a business consultant.
** VyacheslavNevinny (Jolly U) died from complications from diabetes.
** MikhailKononov (Rat) died after a long illness.
** Georgi Burkov (Doctor Alik Borisovich) died of thrombosis.
** Semyon Buzgan (Kolya Sadovsky) moved to Israel and now owns a video store.
** Inna Churkina (one of the schoolgirls at the Kosmodrome) is now known as Inna Gomes, actress and fashion model.
* WhiteVoidRoom
* WireFu: Jumping over cars and walking up buildings, 15 years before ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Jolly U pretends to be Kolya asking for help so he can lure Alisa into the old house.
* XMeetsY: ''GuestFromTheFuture'' is a LighterAndSofter mix of ''{{Terminator}}'', ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', and ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
* YouShallNotPass: Werther tries to stop the pirates, but they pull out a blaster and shoot him.
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