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Moscow, hot summer day of 2006. The four high school friends meet after a long separation. They did not suspect that this meeting will drastically change the life of each of them.


Rezo Gigineishvili


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Chadov ... Aleksey
Artur Smolyaninov Artur Smolyaninov ... Artur
Konstantin Kryukov ... Kostya
Timati Timati ... Timati
Anastasiya Kochetkova Anastasiya Kochetkova ... Devushka s fotoapparatom
Agniya Ditkovskite ... Nastya
Deni Dadaev Deni Dadaev ... Deni
Alexander Rapoport ... Inturist (as Aleksandr Rapopport)
Irina Rakhmanova Irina Rakhmanova ... Ofitsiantka
Tatyana Lyutaeva Tatyana Lyutaeva ... Mama Alekseya
Viktor Rudnichenko Viktor Rudnichenko ... Papa Alekseya
Igor Lysov Igor Lysov ... Otets Kosti
Olga Zharinova ... Polina (as Olga Bolbukh)
Mikhail Vladimirov Mikhail Vladimirov ... Menedzher bara
Aleksandr Golubev ... Barmen


Moscow, hot summer day of 2006. The four high school friends meet after a long separation. They did not suspect that this meeting will drastically change the life of each of them.

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Comedy | Romance



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Official site [Russia]




Russian | English | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

28 December 2006 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Forróság See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Art Pictures Studio See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Out of 27 tracks mentioned in the credits of the film, the names of four contain the word "zhara" (heat) and the names of another three contain the word "Moskva" (Moscow). The film is called "Zhara" ("The Heat") and is about a hot day in Moscow. See more »


References Khottabych (2006) See more »


Black Star
Performed by Timati
Music by Valeriy Evsikov (as Yevsikov V.), Aleksey Tagantsev (as Tagantsev A.), Igor Krutoy (as Krutoy I.)
Lyrics by Timati
Played in the first scene with Timati
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Great interpretation on old theme
2 September 2007 | by jaricgoalSee all my reviews

I saw this as part of the Russian Film Festival back-to-back with "Day Watch", and i'd have to say that all those people that didn't come to "Zhara (Heat)" as well missed out.

I found this to be great on a number of levels, first and foremost the old routine of having old friends relate to each other once again, but also to be able to see a modern Moscow as perhaps not shown elsewhere. It's the old habit of the more successful foreign films being too stereotyped to be good that gets kicked in this movie, with the only thing that will remind you of Russia being the beautiful women and the shots of vodka.

The central character Llyosha was played exceptionally well, and this is quite simply a warm comedy of sorts, but still plays nicely once you get past the initial "trying so hard" that we can expect for a film out of Eastern Europe with Western undertones.

Watch it if you can, and before it gets adapted by Hollywood (you know it will).

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