A man and the woman, two casual acquaintances, learn that their respective spouses are having an affair with each other. This discovery drives them to do things they didn't dare to do before. What will prevail - the feeling of jealousy or the passion? What to choose - revenge or forgiveness? The protagonists are looking for something to build a new life upon, but it is not easy: every one of their actions is influenced by the fact of infidelity, and this infidelity has its own logic.

Director's Statement

I made a “disaster movie” about man-woman relationships. The conjugal infidelity serves as the driving force of my story. lt is a movie about hidden emotions and thoughts. About things that possibly do not even have names in human language. We excluded many things from our movie: the city the protagonists live in, their friends, their enemies. There is only the air full of infidelity, the space of infidelity, the flesh embodying infidelity. Every detail emphasises the ardent desire of the protagonists not to stay lonely and their instinctive yearning to love somebody. It is a movie about hidden emotions and thoughts; about things that possibly don’t even have names in human language.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Kirill Serebrennikov

Written by: Kirill Serebrennikov, Natalia Nazarova

Produced by: Sabina Eremeeva

Cinematography: Oleg Lukichyov

Editing: Sergei Ivanov

Costume Design: Ulyana Polyanskaya

Sound: Boris Voyt

Cast: Franziska Petri, Dejan Lilic

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2013