Russia in the year 2020. The country is booming. Vast mineral deposits and the mighty Guangzhou–Paris transportation corridor ensure a healthy balance at the treasury. At the same time, the political system has managed to merge Russian traditions with international developments and so now, Russia is an ecological democracy where every citizen has found their rightful place. In order to be correctly placed in this social hierarchy, every few years, all Russians are required to take an exam.
The four protagonists of this film are members of the country’s elite. Victor is a minister responsible for the state’s natural resources. Zoya is his wife. Her brother, Mitya is a well-known television celebrity and Nicolai is a colonel assigned to the Guangzhou–Paris rail corridor. They have everything that money can buy. What they lack is youth and happiness. But they are determined to recover both.
Somewhere in the Altai mountains is a secret plant, once an institute of astrophysics during the Soviet era, that contains a large dish, known as the ‘target’. For anyone spending a certain amount of time at its centre, it is like stepping into a fountain of youth, and their mind and body are rejuvenated. –Berlinale
Born in 1958, Alexander Zeldovich graduated from the prestigious Lomonosov Moscow State University, where he studied psychology. After working as a psychotherapist in his native Moscow, he completed studies at the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors (in Gleb Panfilov’s workshop), one of the oldest film schools in Russia. An official director and producer of the Russian Film Studio Mosfilm since 1986, Zeldovich also teaches filmmaking courses at the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Arts. Target is Zeldovich’s fourth full-length narrative film and his second collaboration with the cult Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin. —SFIFF
In the near future a small group of Russia's wealthy elite travel to a site where they believe aging can be halted. Their decadent, jaded lives become moreso. Their behavior becomes gradually more extreme as exemplified by sex which is invariably violent, demanding, and uncaring. Some are more affected than others. I wasn't affected at all. Didn't care what happened after the first hour at best.
“We sort of do the lineup by the seat of our pants.”
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