Sweden / Finland / Poland 2020, 86 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Sailing along the river Volga, the passengers of Russian ship “Maxim Gorky” could easily have been characters from a 19th-century Russian novel. Long-time couples trying to break the drudgery of their routines, young ladies hoping to find exciting new lives, women and men dreaming of falling in love, and even a fortune teller—all spend three weeks on the water, surrounded by faux opulence. Intimacy comes easily to them, often only to fade away with the same ease; personal conversations blossom between people who have just met, as the camera reaches the depths of its subjects. Jerzy Sladkowski (director of Don Juan) created a film filled with dramas both large and small, music, singing, dancing, a lot of alcohol, and human moments that wrench your heart and make it swell with compassion at the same time.