Drama / Foreign Language
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Running time: 109 mins Released: 26th October 2012
Elena (Nadezhda Markina) and her wealthy husband Vladimir (Andrey Smirnov) are an elderly couple living a passionless life in Moscow. Elena is a docile wife and there isn't much affection in her marriage: she met Vlad when she was assigned to care for him during an illness. Her son from a previous marriage is unemployed and constantly asks Elena for money, while Vlad's spoilt and distant daughter also enjoys his patronage. After Vlad has a heart attack, he re-evaluates his life and decides to take better care of his daughter, by bequeathing her most of his wealth. When Elena hears of this she is shocked, especially as she had promised to help her grandson avoid military service by paying for his university fees. She hatches a desperate plan to safeguard his future.