Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed over 50 victims, mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a Communist state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, incompetence and those in power. The story is told from the viewpoint of the detective in charge of the case. Written by
You don't want to know what he does... You just want to know when he's caught.
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A subtle and clever device to mark time is employed by a succession of wall photographs depicting current premiers from Brezhnev to Gorbachev. See more
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It is embarrassing to see grown men run from their responsibilities. It is like seeing your parents drunk for the first time. They are afraid. To be a psychiatrist in this country is to be an expert on paranoia... whether you meant to be or not.
[to Dr. Bukhanovsky
Why aren't you afraid?
I'm sorry. Do I look like a man of courage to you? I've always been interested in abnormal psychology. Which is a dangerous thing in the Soviet state.
Referenced in Le collectionneur