Victor and Natasha drive back to Moscow after a good honeymoon trip by
the Black Sea. Already nearing home, Victor hits an elderly lady while
driving too fast. All of a sudden, their plans for a good life together
are in doubt. Victor is going to face trial, may go to prison.
To start with, the situation seems to him just ridiculous and sad. They
are so young and bright. Their whole life is ahead of them. The lady
that was hit by Victor was old, probably half blind and careless in the
street. Surely the old lady is more to blame for her own death than
Victor, isn't she? Why did this have to happen precisely to him? Should
he accept the blame for the accident and thus risk long-term prison,
and the end of his career and marital prospects? Does he have to pay
for it or not? Should he not escape, somehow? What is the point of
self-sacrifice in such a situation? The film also shows a clash between
the young and the old, the bright and the ordinary, the haves and the
Excellent acting by the late Oleg Yankovsky, as always, and by Irina
Kupchenko in the main roles. Some other distinguished actors contribute
to the film's success.
A realistic view of a turning point in people's lives, sad, sometimes
gut-wrenching, but never sentimental, containing nothing superfluous.
Not an optimistic film, but one worth watching, not only for what is
said and acted, but also for the hidden emotions, the things left
unsaid that greatly contribute to it.
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