An everyday test of nerves: Oleg works as a paramedic for a small town hospital in Russia. His working life is shaped by daily stress and organisational chaos whilst his marriage with Katya, a nurse, suffers from neglect.
As opposed to his predecessor, the new head of the emergency department intends to fully comply with the relevant laws and regulations, an approach which in turn leads to almost absurd working conditions for the paramedic teams. The Russian emergency medical service epitomises the system's inability to provide social services that address the general public's needs and organise them accordingly. Hard-working Oleg and his colleagues are thus doomed from the start. In the absence of Katya's support, Oleg's life threatens to go off the rails.
Taking a documentary-style approach, the film's camerawork draws the audience closer to its protagonists. At the same time issues are broached, which are currently the object of much socio-political debate in contemporary Russia. MM
DCP | Farbe / colour
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Mars Media Entertainement
Don Films, Post Control, Color of May
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Boris Khlebnikov - born in 1972 in Moscow, Russia. After studying biology for two years he enrolled at the VGIK in Moscow. He is one of the originators of the project ‘kinoteatr.doc’ and is a member of the selection board for its festival programme. In 2010 he co-founded ‘Kinosoyuz’ and was its chairman until the First Conference took place.
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