Tolla is an unemployed translator whose wife is leaving him. Despondent and weak, he submits to the suggestion of an acquantance to have a contract placed on the man that his wife is seeing. Instead, however, he arranges for the hit to be placed on himself. Before the contract is executed, he develops a relationship with a prostitute, and then changes his mind. In order to survive he takes the obvious course of action, which turns out to have possibly been unnecessary, and then he must deal with the guilt. Written by
This is a pleasant story and an interesting departure from the common fare at the video store. Although not spoken in English and with English subtitles, it is an easy story to follow and one soon forgets that the actors are not speaking English. The plot follows a simple and mostly predictable line, ending in an upbeat situation. My only regret was that I would like to have seen more of the situation on which the story ended. The actress that played the part of Marina, Yelana Korikova, was captivating, and rather than have her appear only near the end of the movie, I would have liked to have seen more of her and for that situation to have been reached sooner and then explored further before the movie ended.
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