In an apartment house built between the wars, contacts among neighbors have been on the decline. On the ground floor, there’s an old alcoholic and his wife, who fulminates against him and their 16-year-old daughter. Mornings, he sometimes sweeps up in a hairdressing salon or transports merchandise to earn some cash, which he immediately spends on beers with a drinking companion, a depressed young worker. On the same landing, lives an old shoemaker who only has his cats to caress. On the first floor, a dysfunctional young couple. The apartment across the way is occupied by a grandmother of aristocratic background who wants to protect her daughter and granddaughter from bad influences. Nothing of what is said or done escapes the attention of a group of kids who use the building courtyard as a playground.
Born in Lithuania and studied ecology and zoology. He left St Petersbourg to settle in Moscou where he studied cinema and direction. He was a screenwriter and a director at Kinema studios, in Vilnius.
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