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Dust is a Mundane Science Fiction film by Russian director Sergei Loban. Completed in 2001, it was released in 2005, and received critical acclaim.

Aleksei is a socially inept young adult who lives with his grandmother. One fateful day he is offered to take part in a secret experiment, which brings hope into his monotonous existence. But his attempts to repeat the experiment only drive him deeper into despair.


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This film provides examples of:

  • Cringe Comedy: Or Cringe Drama.
  • Cult: Complete with a cheerful song about God.
  • Dramedy
  • Gainax Ending: The film ends with Aleksei being subjected to the experiment once again, but instead of his body changing, he is shown watching Petrosyan with his grandmother.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Bordering on insanity.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Aleksei's grandmother is often seen watching Evgeny Petrosyan on TV.
  • Manchild: Aleksei. Even his work involves assembling toys. His hobby is pretty much the same.
    • The psychologist, in a different way.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Subverted with the psychologist. She is a cheerful, eccentric girl who tries to bring Aleksei from despair. However, her motives are not entirely selfless: she wants to learn more about the Experiment. She ends up being assaulted (not in sexual way) by Aleksei, who wants the same thing.
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  • Mundane Made Awesome: Misha defrosting a fridge.
  • No Budget: $3,000.
  • No Name Given: Most characters are not mentioned by names.
  • Mind Screw
  • Poor Communication Kills: Nearly literary. Aleksei almost gets his training partner killed by being too shy to immediately tell the trainer that he collapsed.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Either this or simply "Shaggy Dog" Story. The ending is highly ambiguous.
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