A passionate, yet often drunk paramedic is about to lose his home, his job and most of all his beloved wife who wants to leave him. A superbly acted study of a couple in crisis, which reflects the turbulent state of modern Russia.

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Oleg is a passionate paramedic, yet away from the ambulance his life is a failure. His wife Katya is fed up with his alcoholism and decides to divorce him. Alongside the pressure from his marital crisis, Oleg also abhors the commercialisation of the welfare state. The hospital’s new director demands that they finish every job inside twenty minutes, irrespective of its severity. ‘Stop giving a shit’ is what he wants from his staff according to Oleg. While the latter resists the changes, he fixates on Katya. At work he is a sympathetic moralist; at home he is a time bomb who is ruining his wife’s life. He does so unthinkingly, as by not moving with the times he puts everything on the line.

Boris Khlebnikov, Russia, Finland, Germany, 2017, 117 min. Russian spoken, English subtitles. With Aleksandr Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Nikolay Shrayber, Maksim Lagashkin, Lyudmila Motornaya.