||LUBOV AND OTHER NIGHTMARES
A film by
be bounded in a nutshell
and count myself a king of infinite space,
were it not that I have bad dreams
Alex, a young
citizen of post-communist, post-post-modern, "post-everything"
Russia is seeing a dream.
There is his mother
their country house
the streets and canals of his native St. Petersburg
Then he is running somewhere, to some meeting, in some research laboratory,
to work on some project, something to do with dreams, - digitising, downloading
and watching them on a monitor
Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming
What is Alex up to, apart from dreaming?
He goes about town, philosophises, and picks up women. He is a self-styled
neo-nietzschean amoralist, aesthete and cynic
He is also an adventurer.
He nearly escapes the vengeance of the businessman husband of the woman
he's had sex with - only to be nearly shot by a hit-man hired to kill
or is it a man? When he comes to dispose of Alex, an inadvertent witness
of a contract murder, the killer turns out to be a she. Something in Alex
prevents her from pulling the trigger - the woman's sudden fit of despair
saves Alex's life.
Lubov - the woman - is a wild loner but the
unhappy childhood, years of exposure to poverty and violence, excessively
harsh prison sentences haven't broken a human in her. She had, in fact,
done one "job", slaying a Mafia-connected businessman (the husband
of Alex's lover). Yet that experience - together with witnessing terrible
death and devastation as a result of the explosions unreliably blamed
on the Chechen rebels by the cynical government who had all to gain from
it - left her deeply traumatised and ready to change.
First curious, then moved, Alex wakes up a woman in Lubov. The men she
had known before him were convicts, policemen or rapists. She falls in
love. He too is fond of her. He feels, strangely, influenced by Lubov's
straightforwardness and honesty; a "professional dreamer" Alex
learns something about real life through Lubov and becomes less cynical.
But the moments of happiness are brief. Alex has to get on with his life.
His project has born fruit: somebody bit his digital bait and invited
him to come to the West.
It's a woman
and it's another affair - this time in a rich country, trendy bars, big
Even Alex's "dream-art" seems to be appreciated
seems to go Alex's way, were it not for
the nightmares which wouldn't
let go of him: his poor country, his feeling of guilt, Lubov, to whom
he promised to come back...
he is with Helen, in bed, a black shadow comes over
Just like at
the beginning, in the house of that Russian businessman sentenced to death
by the Mafia
Alex thought to have left all those nightmares behind!
Why is it looking so real then?