Deep in the Russian countryside, an old man awaits a phone call from his wife. When a mischievous cat makes a sudden appearance, the man is drawn towards dusty relics of his past. With wry humour and exquisite compositions, The Conversation is a sublime meditation on love, loneliness and the inexorable passage of time.
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Valentin Stepanovich is the only resident of a settlement of bog cutters located in picturesque, provincial Russia. Since his wife Klavdia had to go to hospital in the city the man has been accompanied only by a black cat. Surrounded by old photographs, motionless souvenirs and items left by the woman, the old man is waiting for her phone call. Days pass by slowly and time seems to be standing still. Stylish from the formal perspective, Novikova’s documentary is a story about love, longing and great human attachment.