Sweden / Finland 2015, 92 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Oleg, a 22-year-old student in frozen Nizhny Novgorod, is surrounded by relatives and caregivers, all trying to change him. There’s a psychologist, who explains that he has no chance of functioning like a reasonable person; a caregiver, who forces him to ride her like a horse and touch her in embarrassing places; and the “Colonel,” who tells him that Russian women want an aggressive macho man. And then there is his mother, whose extreme mood swings range from embarrassing displays of affection to outbursts of tears, guilt, and rage, which culminate in threats to send him to “the crazy house”. Oleg was diagnosed as autistic, but he is the most judicious of them all. He is introverted but optimistic, always trying to bridge, soften, moderate, and mediate between the strange characters that occupy the world around him.
Previous Festivals: IDFA, Göteborg Film Festival