Anton M. Kashtanov is a talented surgeon and head of a large clinic. He decides to escape his domineering and bitchy wife Pauline in the village of Still Waters. Here he reconnects with his childhood friend.
Meeting of the garage cooperative must exclude four own members because of a new highway's building. After the meeting it becomes clear that the exit door is closed by one of the members, who requires an equitable solution.
A popular middle-aged writer is warned by a fortuneteller that strange things are about to happen to him. He then meets a man, who claims to be him. The writer uses this bizarre situation to change his life and take revenge.
Ryazanov's latest caper features an adulterous wife, a slow-witted military husband and a never-ending string of lovers ranging from poets to ornithologists. Set in 1914, the plot centers around Aglaya and her latest interest caught in the act by a drunk poet. The three are trapped in a gorgeous apartment and the poet might just know who she is... Reminiscent of Chaplin's silent comedy, the movie is a great farce draped in gorgeous Art Noveau decor. Not much to think about, but great visually and completely hilarious in a somewhat idiotic way.
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