A few hours before the wedding, a provincial girl Valya puts on her wedding dress. Her friend Olya helps her get ready. They are waiting for the fiancÃ© and the best man, while those two buying flowers.
Instead of the fiancÃ©, a woman with a gun comes into the house. She kills the cat, shoots the bridesmaid and knocks the fiancÃ©e out with a butt stroke to her head.
The best man is sitting in the car and waiting while the fiancÃ© forces the flower seller to repay his debts.
When the fiancÃ© and the best man finally come to the fiancÃ©e, the best man stays outside to decorate the car, while the fiancÃ© goes to the apartment. The woman with the gun meets him there. She used to be his fellow soldier.
She wants to take vengeance on the fiancÃ© for the dead comrades-in-arms whom the fiancÃ© betrayed in the height of resistance. Everyone except her died in that battle. Now she is going to kill the fiancÃ©e in the face of the fiancÃ©.
The fiancÃ©e regains conscience and sticks scissors into the womanâ€™s neck. The woman shoots by accidence, killing the fiancÃ©.
The best man goes to the apartment and sees the consequences of the massacre. Without a moment's thought, he takes money and wedding rings from the fiancÃ©â€™s pockets, bowls with salads, and takes Valya away as his fiancÃ©e.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Itâ€™s a movie about Russia snatching Crimea, about war entering a post-soviet concrete-paneled five-storey apartment block. Being one of my favorite plays, â€œ The Cripple of Inishmaanâ€ by Martin McDonagh became an inspiration and a starting point for this script. Since the Soviet Union collapsed, war has never ended on its former territories. Different areas, various reasons but the outcome stays the sameâ€Šâ€”â€Šthe innocent are dying. I wanted to condense one of those stories in a brief format. Crude language of Russian daytime TV shows and video blogs was used to add realism and simplicity to the story.
The title came to me when I was editing: that was the moment I realized what the movie was about. Knots tied by a dictator will often take multiple lifetimes to untangle and annexation of Crimea was one such decisions.