Lidia Sheinin
Russia | 2017 | 59 min
World premiere
Language : Russian
Subtitles : English, French

Because of her age and fragile health, an old Russian lady has to share her apartment with her niece and four children. At every moment, the calm she enjoyed, her fine family keepsakes, and also her beloved piano, are in danger, under the impetus of the wild energy of the little ones. The two worlds, forced into cohabitation, could not be more distant from each other: on one side, what remains of an affluent class, on the other, the “proletariat” as much in the literal sense as in the figurative one. A question hangs in the air: will the members of this family manage to find a place for each other in their hearts? This is a charming little documentary comedy, a one-room drama which, like a Russian story from the last century, is seen like a shadow of the world. The filmmaker finds her place in this microcosm, in a perfect way. Her balance (never approach, never move back) gives the film an almost perfect framing and sound recording. What we always look for in a film is there: the right distance.

Luciano Barisone

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