Little did Philippe Robin know that missing his plane in Bombay that day would be the start of a nightmare. As he waits in Moscow airport for his onward flight to Paris, a beautiful young Russian woman comes up to him and offers to show him "the real Moscou". He succumbs to Oksana's charms as she leads him from bar to night club and from vodka to champagne. Then Oksana slips a pill into his drink and down he goes...
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"With his hard-hitting directing and subtle analysis of contemporary society, Pavel Lounguine never neaves his audience unstirred. But on top of that, this Russian devotee of western culture invites us to discover the hidden side of reality in his country, which he knows so well but still finds so mysteriously, insanely contradictory. (...) "It's a satire in the style of Gogol's "Dead Souls", with purely fictional characters set in genuine reality, "explains Pavel Lounguine. (...) "Money, which we barely knew existed before, has become the only real value. This realisation hit society like an atom bomb, like a fit of mass madness. (...) The mafia is organising itself ever more effectively into a huge business for rearranging the distribution of the nation's wealth."
(Interview with Pavel Lounguine by Brigitte Baudin in "Le Figaro")