I watched Rusalochka (1976) a couple days ago, it’s the Russian adaptation. The Little Mermaid, the story, is one of my favorite tales of a tragic princess. As much as I love the Disney adaptation, I wanted to watch a movie adaptation closer to the book and that’s how I found Rusalochka.
I thought it was a beautiful adaptation. Viktoriya Novikova portrayed the little mermaid perfectly, I really felt that she was spot on. I really love how the director expanded the movie such as the little mermaid receiving help and guidance from her friend Sulpitius while she was on human. I liked how the the witch took the little mermaid’s hair color instead of her voice, I was not expecting that. The little mermaid was given a certain number of days to make the prince fall in love with her. If she failed her task, she would die. If someone gave up his life for her, then she would never die and live eternally. Fate was not in the little mermaid’s favor when she agreed to the witch’s deal. Once she became human, the prince was already falling for the princess who rescued him. In this version, the little mermaid did not have to kill the prince after he marries the princess. She chooses to die and has no regrets of her short life on land. Sulptius, on the other hand, tries to demonstrate to the prince that it was the little mermaid who rescued him instead of the princess. He battles the prince and dies in order to let the little mermaid live eternally like a dream. In the end, the prince realizes how foolish he was of not realizing that the little mermaid rescue him. He tries finding her all over the kingdom and he watches her disappear into the air.
I did cry at the end of the movie because the movie ended tragically. I really appreciated it. It was such a fun movie and I would definitely watch again. By the way, this movie is on YouTube, in case you are interested of watching the film.
My rating for this movie is a 5 out of 5. 🙂