Russia / France, 1996, 100mn 
Colour, fiction
Line of life
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Линия жизни


 Ligne de vie

 Liniya zhizni

Directed by : Pavel LUNGIN (Павел ЛУНГИН)
Aleksandr BALUEV (Александр БАЛУЕВ)
Vincent PEREZ (Венсан ПЕРЕС)
Dmitry PEVTSOV (Дмитрий ПЕВЦОВ)
Production : Mosfilm, France 3 Cinema

Plot synopsis
This fast-paced, convoluted bit of European escapist fare is set in crumbling contemporary Moscow, where a French composer finds himself seduced into a fantastic adventure after his flight to Paris is delayed and he finds himself broke and stranded in the Moscow airport. His temptress is the mischievous Oksana, who convinces him to sneak out of the airport to sample the Moscow nightlife. He doesn't realize that she is actually the daughter of Papa, a powerful local Mafia don. Papa looks weak and helpless, but he is anything but and secretly drugs the composer Phillipe's drink and then kidnaps him. When Phillipe awakens, Papa forces him to impersonate the commercial director of a huge French textile mill so the Mafioso can continue to con the leader of a recently liberated Central Asian country into investing in a non-existent mill. The plot works until the bilked gets his own revenge. Meanwhile, Phillipe and Oksana fall in love even though they realize that one of them must be sacrificed to save face.
Source : Sandra Brennan,

Selected in the following festivals :
- Rуtrospective Pavel Lungin at the Cinémathèque de Nice, Nice (France), 2010