Mummies

Alexander Rastorguev, 2001, 52 min
Mummies

A funny and tragic portrait of Russian history is reflected in a life story of Julia, the main character of the film, and her family as in a drop of water. The story of an adrift family, living in a barrack, between extreme poverty and alcoholism. In this difficult context, a child will be born...

Julia who is sixteen, lives in a barrack. Vanya - with his parents in five - storey building ... Julia is expecting Vanya's child but Vanya's parents are against misalliance and do not let the couple on the doorsteps of their house ... Vanya and Julia have no place of their own. Dysfunctional family relationship unfolds during the scandal when Vanya's mother accuses him of stealing and drinking. To prevent youngsters from moving in she raises the question if this is indeed her grandchild or somebody else's. Meanwhile Julia is taken to the hospital. Surviving a long and painful labor, she comes back to Vanya with the envelope decorated with laces and ribbons. Inside of the envelope - is the result of her victory, a tiny daughter, a new life that she brought into this unsettled and grim reality.