Love is ... the first big break for Yevgeny Mironov, who previously appeared only in Aleksandr Kaydanovsky's The Kerosene Seller's Wife. In the Todorovsky film the young unknown from the Tabakerka beguiles with charm and the extremely rare gift of versatility. The role of Sasha will bring Mironov several awards and national fame.
Dmitry Bykov
From The Newest History of Russian Cinema, 1986-2000

Yevgeny Mironov, the Tabakerka fledgling whose cinematic debut was the Kaydanovsky film The Kerosene Seller's Wife (1988), had his first real triumph with the lead in Love. The role of the simple Russian lad Sasha earned Mironov a Best Actor award at the Kinotaur Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Geneva; the National Film Critics' Association named him actor of the year. The following year, 1992, Mironov will pass from Todorovsky, Jr. to father Pyotr to appear in the film Encore Again! and become a cause celebre.
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[Translated by Vlada Chernomordik for the Yevgeny Mironov Official Website]