This movie is about the stern gangster customs of one of the Russian provincial cities in the mid-90s . And you could expect either a stupid game of blind man's buffets or a truly bloody showdown with the stacks of "bluffers".
Dariya the maid getting a boy to touch her large breast is just one incident that occurs when Yohan and Victor infiltrate two families, forcing young Liza and blind Ekaterina to appear in porn, but they are not so innocent themselves.
Sanja the Bandit after a particularly vicious shootout, stumbles into the musician Oleg at the local banya. Following a retelling of a semi-mythological story, the pair decide to make a pilgrimage to a "bell-tower of happiness".
During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.
Aleksey Balabanov says everything shown in the film is true but does not think the film is scary: "Life was much worse than it is shown in my film. You haven't seen the starving people I brought bread to! That was back in the middle of 1980s when I worked as an assistant director." See more »
Now I remember why I like attending sneak previews so much. The absence of expectations from the audience. How does a curious movie audience react to the blackest of comedies slash nightmare? When I entered, some 200 people were in the audience. When the movie had ended, some 120 were left. The people who left, did so in the second hour of the movie, after having giggled the first hour. The talent of the filmmaker. I stayed and enjoyed one of the best movie theater experiences ever.
The Soviet Union, 1984. That can be displayed even more horrible than you thought. It all starts out kind of cute: a boy with a Russian disco hairdo, a professor in 'atheism', a captain of the Russian army, an innocent girl. But lemonade glasses of vodka pass through these people. And not everyone is so kind. It results in a fly plague...
It can't get any worse, but it does. And I kept laughing, although without much joy. I witnessed the people leaving around me. And I wanted to shout: Waiter! More Vodka! More! The best black comedy of the year. I even remembered the name after leaving the sneak preview, which is very rare...
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