Moscow 1998. Rita is on the run because her boyfriend can’t pay his mafia gambling debts. Jaja, a deaf nightclub dancer, offers Rita a place to hide. Jaja teaches Rita some survival tips in the hopes that she’ll dump her thug boyfriend. Rita finds herself involved in another kind of underground society – that of the deaf. While Rita adjusts to new rules and customs, Jaja dreams of a utopian land of the deaf, where kindness prevails and all inhabitants are deaf. Adapted from Renata Litvinova’s novel “Obladat i Prinadlezhat” (“To Have and To Belong”).
well, to begin with this is a fully russian film, it has a russian mind, a russian way of thinking, a russian behaviour and a russian soul. at first, it may appear that, like everything russian, it has tendency to overact and overexpose. however, as the movie progresses it turns out it has been hiding it aces till the very end. to impress you, to move you. like everything that is russian.